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NABET-CWA/NBCU NEGOTIATIONS - BULLETIN #3

16 Feb, 2018

NABET-CWA/NBCU NEGOTIATIONS

NEW YORK CITY

BULLETIN #3 - February 16, 2018

The second and third rounds of negotiations between NABET-CWA and NBC Universal have concluded.  The Union's primary goal – as reflected in our package of proposals - seeks enhanced benefits, improved economics and better working conditions for all staff and daily hire employees. In clear and unambiguous terms, the Union has impressed the importance of our proposals to the Company during numerous bargaining sessions in New York and Los Angeles over the past several weeks.

With an eye towards reaching a fair and reasonable successor contract, in a timely manner, the Union has laid out all economic proposals, including a proposal for a four-year agreement with wage increases in each year of the new contract.  Unfortunately, the Company chose not to respond to wage increases or the term of agreement until an undetermined time in March.  Since negotiations began on January 3rd, the Company has shown very little movement from its initial set of proposals.

Some items of note which would have a potentially damaging impact on our membership, and the quality of their lives:

  •  The Company has proposed changing the ‘travel-only’ pay for daily hires from the current hourly rate to a flat stipend amount which would not count as time worked for any purpose, including the calculation of overtime.
  • The Company’s proposal on short turnaround would collapse the corridor from 12 hours to 9 hours – a 25% decrease!!
  • For purposes of alternative, or out of seniority layoff, the Company proposes expanding the current permissible conditions of eliminating a department, operating area, or job function to include the “cancellation of a show”.
  • The Company is proposing a two-tier vacation system where newly hired staff employees would accrue considerably less vacation over the tenure of their employment.

The NABET-CWA Network Negotiating Committee met in caucus today and the parties are exploring additional dates to resume negotiations in March.

Bulletins and other official information concerning these negotiations will be distributed by the Sector and Locals as necessary.  

NABET-CWA Network Negotiating Committee

 

The first round of contract negotiations for a successor Master Agreement between NABET-CWA and NBC Universal has concluded. The Union and the Company have been bargaining steadily in New York City for the past two weeks.

Following the initial exchange of packages, the parties spent additional time providing more thorough explanations and rationale for each respective proposal.

The Union is seeking to improve working conditions and benefits for all members through a package of proposals focused on quality of life matters and economic improvements.

The package of contract proposals presented by the Company seeks a number of significant economic concessions. The Company is proposing a 33% reduction in the night shift differential premium, a compression of the short turnaround corridor (from 12 hours to 9 hours), an elimination of the $35 payment associated with the 30 minute meal, and a change on “travel-only day” pay from an hourly rate to a flat stipend, which would not count as time worked for any purpose. In addition, the NBCU representatives have offered a proposal that would permit the Company, in its discretion, to pay employees for earned holiday payback days, and further proposes to eliminate the “mandatory holiday payback days” provision in Article XVIII.

The NABET-CWA Network Negotiating Committee met in caucus today at Local 11 in New York. Negotiations are scheduled to resume on January 23, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA.

The Union was represented in this round by Lou Marinaro, Rob Weiss and Max Sicherman (New York, Local 11), Mike Judge and Bob Williams (Washington, D.C., Local 31), Ed Dabrowski and Don Villar (Chicago, Local 41), Steve Ross and Warren Stern (Los Angeles, CA, Local 53) as well as NABET-CWA General Counsel Judi Chartier, Daily Hire Steward Steve Wolff and Jodi Fabrizio-Clontz, Assistant to the President, NABET-CWA.

Bulletins and other official information concerning these negotiations will be distributed by the Sector and Locals as necessary.  

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The first round of contract negotiations for a successor Master Agreement between NABET-CWA and NBC Universal has concluded. The Union and the Company have been bargaining steadily in New York City for the past two weeks.

Following the initial exchange of packages, the parties spent additional time providing more thorough explanations and rationale for each respective proposal.

The Union is seeking to improve working conditions and benefits for all members through a package of proposals focused on quality of life matters and economic improvements.

The package of contract proposals presented by the Company seeks a number of significant economic concessions. The Company is proposing a 33% reduction in the night shift differential premium, a compression of the short turnaround corridor (from 12 hours to 9 hours), an elimination of the $35 payment associated with the 30 minute meal, and a change on “travel-only day” pay from an hourly rate to a flat stipend, which would not count as time worked for any purpose. In addition, the NBCU representatives have offered a proposal that would permit the Company, in its discretion, to pay employees for earned holiday payback days, and further proposes to eliminate the “mandatory holiday payback days” provision in Article XVIII.

The NABET-CWA Network Negotiating Committee met in caucus today at Local 11 in New York. Negotiations are scheduled to resume on January 23, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA.

The Union was represented in this round by Lou Marinaro, Rob Weiss and Max Sicherman (New York, Local 11), Mike Judge and Bob Williams (Washington, D.C., Local 31), Ed Dabrowski and Don Villar (Chicago, Local 41), Steve Ross and Warren Stern (Los Angeles, CA, Local 53) as well as NABET-CWA General Counsel Judi Chartier, Daily Hire Steward Steve Wolff and Jodi Fabrizio-Clontz, Assistant to the President, NABET-CWA.

Bulletins and other official information concerning these negotiations will be distributed by the Sector and Locals as necessary.  

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