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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.s

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  • Local 16 By-Laws

    March 28, 2014

    Shop Steward Elections

    In accordance with Article V, Section 5.4 of the NABET-CWA Local 16 By-laws, it is the responsibility of the incumbent Steward to call and conduct the election meeting of his/her group during the month of March in each year.

    The Union office should be advised of the election results.

    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.



    February 10, 2014

    To: The Membership of NABET-CWA Local 16

    From: Brendan Black, Chairman Elections Committee

    Re: Election Results – President, Vice President, Executive Board Representative Unit #2 and Executive Board Representative Unit #4

    Petitions for the above offices were due in the Local 16 office at 5 P.M. on February 7, 2014.

    Inasmuch as Brother Arthur Mazzacca has run unopposed for the office of President, Brother James Nolan has run unopposed for the office of Vice President, Brother William Bores has run unopposed for the office of Executive Board Representative Unit #2, Brother Brian Kelly has run unopposed for the office of Executive Board Representative, Unit #4, and all other qualifications have been met, Brothers Mazzacca, Nolan, Bores and Kelly are hereby declared elected.


    “All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.”

    According to a report in The Guardian, problems emerged in April 2013 during the coverage by BBC News of the death and funeral of Margaret Thatcher. News staff, attempting to source material on analog videotape from the BBC Archives, were unable to transfer footage to digital format due to the huge demand for limited transfer facilities at the newly refurbished New Broadcasting House in central London. Requested tapes were reportedly transported around London by taxi and via the Tube, and video transfer work was carried out by external production companies. A few weeks later it emerged that tape editing equipment might have to be installed at Broadcasting House in specially cooled areas.




    ABC Sports legend Joe Schiavo

    inducted into Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame

    WABC-TV Teleprompter Ratification Vote


    December 6, 2013

    The Company’s Package Proposal has been accepted.


    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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    E-mail updates

    Local 16 is updating its e-mail database. You can help us by keeping your e-mail address and shop current. Our listserve generates a few messages each week. This is the best way for our members to keep current with news around the Local. If you wish to subscribe to to our list click here.

    Free Class on Demand training for NABET members


    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.

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    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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