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Local 16 represents workers at the ABC Television Network and WABC-TV divisions of the Walt Disney Company, WABC-AM, WPLJ-FM, ABC Radio Networks.

NABET-CWA also represents workers at four other ABC operations in Chicago, Washington, and San Francisco/ SoCal.

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    Health Care info for DHs

    Representation Card

    If you would like NABET-CWA representation in your workplace, fill out the card attached to the link below , print it out and send it to:


    501 3RD ST., NW 6th Floor

    Washington, DC 20001

    If you would prefer to recieve further information by email you can email us at organizing<AT> or call us at 212 757 7191.



    We Will Never Forget

    September 10, 2016
    As we mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, please take a moment of silence and reflection to remember those who died on that day and to keep their families and loved ones in your thoughts. With respect and sorrow, we post this list of our CWA brothers and sisters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We will never forget.

    Patricia Cushing
    Local 1023 (District 1) | United Flight 93

    Niurka Davila
    Local 1077 (District 1) | WTC North Tower

    Donald DiFranco
    NABET-CWA Local 16 (District 1) | WTC North Tower (W ABC transmitter)

    Mary Jones
    Local 1032 (District 1) | WTC North Tower

    Jane Orth
    Local 1365 (District 1) | American Flight 11

    William Steckman
    NABET-CWA Local 11 (District 1) | WTC North Tower (WNBC transmitter)

    Lisa Treretola
    Local 1032 (District 1) | WTC North Tower

    Donna Bowen
    Local 2336 (District 2-13) | Pentagon (Verizon)

    Thomas Pecorelli
    NABET-CWA Local 53 (District 9) | American Flight 11

    Robert J. Fangman
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 175 Flight Attendant

    Amy N. Jarret
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 175 Flight Attendant

    Amy R. King
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 175 Flight Attendant

    Kathryn LaBorie
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 175 Flight Attendant

    Alfred G. Marchand
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 175 Flight Attendant

    Michael C. Tarrou
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 175 Flight Attendant

    Alicia N. Titus
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 175 Flight Attendant

    Lorraine G. Bay
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 93 Flight Attendant

    Sandra Bradshaw
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 93 Flight Attendant

    Wanda Green
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 93 Flight Attendant

    CeeCee Lyles
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 93 Flight Attendant

    Deborah Welsh
    AFA-CWA | United Flight 93 Flight Attendant

    December 8, 2015
    Thanksgiving Surprise at Fox 61 Connecticut!

    The live television broadcast of the Manchester Road Race on WTIC Fox 61, an annual Thanksgiving Day event, was enhanced by members of the labor community who turned out in large numbers to stage a demonstration in support of the workers at Tribune-owned WTIC. As the 2-hour broadcast went live to air, supporters of Local 17 began to circulate among the spectators carrying signs:

    NABET-CWA Local 17 has been working hard throughout the past year to bargain a first contract for the unit of photographers, editor, on-air talent and anchors at WTIC, but the Company has been more focused on frustrating the process rather than negotiating in good-faith.

    In an effort to bring the struggle to public’s attention, supporters of Local 17 strategically displayed signs in camera shots covering the event and used poles to raise signs high enough to be in the background of the primary anchor desk shot. Infuriated by the Union’s demonstration of solidarity, the station ran an 8-minute commercial break while desperately trying to eliminate the signs from the camera shots. Finally, the tent where the anchor team was broadcasting from was closed and the remainder of the live broadcast had no views of the runners or the action – only the anchors sitting in a tent with a plain canvas background. The Union activists wanted to be sure that WTIC General Manager Jon Hitchcock was aware of the activity. Mr. Hitchcock was running in the race, so he had a front-and-center view of the signs and the demonstration!

    Meanwhile the NLRB has issued a complaint against the station for harassment of union leaders and failure to bargain in good faith. The station will be required to post a compliance notice in the workplace. Bargaining for a first contract resumes this week.





    Christopher Shelton (r.) was elected the new president of the Communications Workers of America by acclamation of delegates to the union's 75th convention. Local 16 President Art Mazzacca and VP Jim Nolan were on hand to congratulate him.



    The late Brendan McCabe, a long time ABC-TV audio operator, was remembered with a plaque installed in his honor in TV-3. Many colleagues, friends and family attended the ceremony held on Friday, January 30, 2015.


    Payment in Lieu of Vacation

    Each person hired on a daily basis more than eighty (80) days in any calendar year, shall receive annual vacation pay in an amount equal to 4% of such employee's straight time rate of pay for all straight time hours worked in that calendar year. Each person hired on a daily basis more than two hundred (200) days in any calendar year, shall receive annual vacation pay in an amount equal to 6% of such employee's straight time rate of pay for all straight time hours worked in that calendar year.
    This will be payable by separate check by February 15th of the following year.

    Payment in Lieu of Pension

    For those Daily Hires who work more than 20 days in a calendar year the Company will contribute an amount equal to 4% of their straight time rate of pay for all straight time hours worked in that calendar year. Contributions will be paid by separate check to the CWA SRT by February 15th of the following year.

    When workers have Unions, they have a clear path to getting health care, sick days, basic safety precautions, and better pay.

     2011-17 Master Agreement now available on pdf




    SUITE 135

    610-783-6835 (FAX)

    NABET-CWA has signed an agreement with ABC Television which will provide union contract coverage for a number of events airing on many ESPN platforms, starting later this summer.

    Click here

    Terms and Conditions of Employment ABC–NABET Sports Event Agreement




    Unit 1: WABC-TV (ALL), Network Radio, Local Radio, Publicity, Talent/Telephone Coordinators, TV and Radio Network Desk Assistants

    Unit 2: Technical Directors, Light Direction Engineers, TV Audio Engineers, Video Control Engineers, Video Tape, Video Tape Library

    Unit 3: Network TV Studio/Field

    Unit 4: Network ENG (Field, Editors and Maintenance), Electronic Graphics, Graphic Artists

    Unit 5: TV Master Control (including News Acquisition Center, Central Switching Control, and Network Control Center), SMAG, Network Technical Maintenance, DMC Maintenance, Traffic



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    The cost of the shirts are:

    $33 - Sizes Small thru X-Large
    $36 - 2 XL
    $37 - 3 XL
    $38 - 4 XL
    $43 - 5 XL 

    Call the Local 16 Office 212.757.7191 to purchase.

    NABET Local 16 is a benefit that has been added to the CWA/NETT Academy program. Participating members have completed over 3,300 movies that comprise over 250 courses. The leading course titles are in Excel, Digital Video, Flash, Photoshop, After Effects, PHP, Visio and AVID Express. Other courses available include Joomla, Twitter, Moodle, Final Cut, Premier, Dreamweaver and Groove. CWA/NETT Academy is now offering members and their family access to hundreds of titles on as a complementary benefit of membership. Participants will get 2 weeks of access to the site and will be able to participate in any of the courses. Please send an email to lynda(at)

    If you plan to take the Final Cut Pro course offered by BURST, it is recommended that you take the Lynda tutorial first.

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    sbe Local 16 will reimburse members in good standing who pass SBE Certification Exams for the cost of their first year's membership in the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Local 16 encourages its members to participate in this program to the maximum extent possible. Contact the Local 16 office if you have any questions.


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