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New Officers Sworn In

Every three years the Local 51 Executive Board meets in person for the swearing in of new officers and to honor the outgoing members.  2018 was a big year of transitions as we had—


President Kevin Wilson

Secretary-Treasurer Suds Sudsweeks

ABC Executive Board Member Non-Engineering Gene Barragan

ABC Executive Board Member Non-Engineering Ken Castillo

KABC Executive Board Member Engineering Dave Putnam

KDTV Executive Board Member George Gaboury


President Carrie Biggs-Adamsofficers 2

Secretary-Treasurer Randy Brase (who had taken office earlier this spring)

KABC Executive Board Member Engineering E.Don Smith

KDTV Executive Board Member Joe Perry

KOIN Executive Board Member Ellen Hansen

After a business meeting at the NABET Office, the group reconvened at McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco's historic Ghirardelli Square.  There following dinner, the new officers were sworn-in.

The following day, the officers from around California and Oregon headed home – they will “see” each other at monthly meetings which are held via Zoom, so the opportunity to meet in person was a rare one.

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Local 51 Picnic

After a 10-year hiatus, Local 51 held our “annual” Bay Area picnic again on October 7th at the Padre site in Tilden Park, Berkeley. 

Over 90 members, retirees and our families joined to celebrate a perfect warm fall day and each other’s company.  We had BBQ from “Sauced” in Walnut Creek, pulled pork, baby back ribs, and brisket (along with great sides) – we added appropriate vegan and vegetarian options.  Then people brought desserts, chips, salads, and drinks!  A wonderful time was had by all…..oh and

picnic 4We took the opportunity to celebrate outgoing Local President Kevin Wilson, who after 40 years of service has moved to a part-time business representative role as he moves toward retirement.  Kevin’s name was added next to Jim Greene (1994) on the Local 51 Hall of Fame plaque which hangs in the Local office.  Kevin was presented with an award for his 40 years of Service to the Local; his wife Maureen was given a beautiful (and delicious smelling) orchid along with a card thanking her for her service to the Local.  Finally, they were give gift cards for Carnival Cruise Lines – gifts from Local 51, Ralph Phillips – our southern California legal counsel, CWA Local 9415 and incoming Local President Carrie Biggs-Adams.  The $1,500 will go quite a way to get Kevin on a vacation away from the call of the telephone and email!

Many retirees from KGO and KQED were able to join us – Vange Mercury had worked at Sutro for KGO as a switchboard operator – retiring in 1984.  She recently stopped driving, but still lives alone, cooks and cares for herself and brought great pictures to share.  Her grandson drove up from Pismo Beach to drive her to the picnic! 

Many thanks to everyone who made the event work, helping cook, set up tents, hauling drinks and food (we even had to bring our own propane barbeque to cook due to fire danger).  All who attended agreed – it was fun, and we shall do it again next year.   Ten years was too long between picnics!

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Rick Santangelo
Vice President

Randy Brase

ABC/KGO TV Engineering

Brad Belstock
ABC/KGO TV Non-Engineering

Mariela Topete
KQED TV Non-Engineering

Jason Orr
KSBY TV Engineering

Joe Perry
KDTV Engineering

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ABC Engineering

KABC Non-Engineering

Jorge Izquierdo
Edon Smith
KABC Engineering

Ellen Hansen


About Us


NABET-CWA represents employees in the telecommunications, broadcasting and cable industries. 

Local 51 has represented employees at television and radio stations since 1953 when we received our charter from the National Association of Broadcast Radio and Technicians (NABET). NABET-CWA represents TV and Radio Engineers, Technicians, News Photographers, Newswriters, Production Videographer-Editors, Directors, Assistant Directors, Floor Managers, Stage Managers, Technical Directors, Audio Engineers/Technicians, Radio Announcers, Graphic Designers, Customer Service Representatives, Building Utilities employees and many others in the broadcast industry. 

NABET-CWA strives primarily to give its members a sense of pride in their work and dignity in their work place. We are comprised of highly specialized professional workers. Our efforts are directed to steadily improving our status through the achievement of better working conditions and higher wages. 

NABET-CWA represents employees on the West Coast at ABC, KGO-TV, KQED-TV, KQED-FM, KOIN-TV (Portland) KSBY (San Luis Obispo), KDTV-TV (Univison) KABE (Bakersfield) and over 350 Daily Hires working in 14 Western States.  

Before NABET-CWA, broadcast employees worked split shifts; there was no pay or time off for holidays; there was no overtime pay. 

NABET-CWA has achieved the Union Shop; Paid vacation and statutory holidays; Lay-off and rehiring on seniority basis; Differential pay for night work; Discharge for just and sufficient cause only; 12-hour turn-around period; Late meal period penalties; Grievance procedure, including arbitration; Pension Plans; Overtime pay; Highest wages and best working conditions in the industry.

NABET-CWA is part of the Communications Workers of America. CWA is "The Union for the Information Age," representing 700,000 workers in communications, media, airlines, manufacturing and public service.