NPR Notes for E-Board Meeting, February 1, 2010:
NABET and NPR continue talks on a successor agreement to the current NPR-NABET contract, which is set to expire on March 31, 2010… NPR maintains that it intends to cut the number of Washington-based Broadcast/Recording technicians (BRTs) from the current staff of 32 down to 17 through buyouts and/or layoffs over the next twenty three months, and will lay off additional staff if NPR feels that is viable. NPR also intends to reduce staffing in New York and at NPR West in California. At the same time, NPR says it has no intention of increasing the usage of daily hires, yet has proposed what amounts to a 250% increase in temporary staffing levels… NPR has announced that in the next few months, it will transition to self-operated newscasts for the first time in the history of the network. This decision was made without the consultation of either NABET or AFTRA, who were informed of NPR’s decision after the fact… NPR has stated that it intends to increase the number of BRTs as Production Support staff, as it moves more and more of the work that has been done by technicians for decades to AFTRA members. However, NPR also is refusing to offer those who elect not to take a buyout any sort of no-layoff provision… Red Shirt Thursdays are in place at NPR, with all staff members, both NABET and non-NABET staff, being encouraged to wear red… Two bargaining dates are scheduled for February and at least four dates have been calendared for March.