Local 51



CWA 59051


240 SECOND ST.  SUITE 220         SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105         TEL  (415) 398-3160      FAX  (415) 398-3162
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Date:          December 1, 2016 - Thursday
Times:        1:30 PM and 7:00 PM
Place:          ILWU Local #34 (next door to PacBell Park)
                    4 Berry Street, San Francisco
                    (Use 801 2nd St. for map quest directions)   

Members may attend either the 1:30 PM or 7:00 PM meeting. 

Some of the Important Issues Addressed in this Meeting:
  • KGO-TV - Status of ABC Contract Negotiations - proposals that eliminate jurisdiction and jobs, cut pay, radically alter the Daily Hire Payment in Lieu of Benefits, details discussed.      
  • KQED - Status of Current Negotiations - proposals to take away jobs and jurisdiction. Contract expired October 23rd, but has been extended during bargaining.
  •  KDTV- Contract Expires December 31, 2016

Pizza and beverages will be provided for both meetings. Your attendance at this meeting is critical.  

Please note the language in the Local By-laws regarding meeting excuses.
NABET Local 51 By-Laws, Article VII:
"Section 7.4.  Any member failing to attend a General Membership meeting of the Local without a valid written excuse will be fined $10.00 for such non-attendance.  Such excuse must be submitted prior to the start of the meeting to the mailing address or email address above. 
Acceptable reasons for non-attendance are:
(a)                Scheduled to work through the meeting;
(b)               On vacation;
(c)                Illness;
(d)               Scheduled to work during any portion of the hours midnight to 4:00 AM of the day following the
                    meeting, and
(e)                Daily hires residing outside the nine (9) Bay Area Counties."






NABET – KQED Bargaining Bulletin #1
November 1, 2016

            Bargaining began today for a new contract between NABET and KQED. The Union has proposed that the new contract be a 4-year agreement.  The previous agreement expired on October 22nd, but the parties have agreed to extend the contract while bargaining is underway.

            The session began with John Boland, President & CEO of KQED, presenting a PowerPoint with management’s philosophy for a new contract.  While saying that KQED wanted to serve the community and that they wanted to use the current staff – the rest of the presentation was about how they wanted to “modernize the labor agreement”, and that the public is now getting their content from mobile, social media, and online rather than broadcast radio and TV.   While not proposing decreases in benefits or wages, Boland was clear that in many departments, KQED wants to subcontract almost all of the work, or have the work originated by non-union employees of KQED.
            The Union discussed the desire to work together with the Company and pointed out that the skills that our members have would be best utilized on all platforms of “ broadcast” over the air or for the web, phone or other method of broadcast that we have been mostly excluded from to date. The jurisdictional concerns that had been rising for years, and have been the focus of many grievances and arbitrations (won by the Union) were born out when we exchanged proposals.  The Union had made changes and updates to the existing language, based upon input from the membership.

The management team led by Maria Miller presented Company proposals, which if agreed to, would devastate the work of many bargaining unit workers across many departments.  Such as:

  • the Utility Maintenance workers would lose all their skilled work to subcontracting;
  •  outside companies could come in and do our production work and KQED would not pay the meal and other penalties;
  •  the Membership group while on the phone with members would have their conversations recorded and then the calls may be transferred to “supervisors” to work on actual members records.

            The idea of modernizing the contract is, of course, one that the Union shares – but not at the cost of our jobs, our job security or benefits for our families.  Flexibility and agility are great skills – and we will continue to represent our members at KQED for another fifty years. 

            More details will be provided as we further study the proposal.



September 21, 2016

ABC-NABET bargaining has begun.  Click here to see the Company proposals for the General Section and Engineering sections.




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