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To the web site of NABET-CWA Local 16 (CWA Local 51016) New York City. The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) is the Broadcasting and Cable Sector of the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

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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    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.




    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.


    To: The Membership of NABET-CWA Local 16
    From: Brendan Black, Chairman Elections Committee
    Re: Election Results – Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Board Units 1, 3 and 5

    Petitions for the above offices were due in the Local 16 office at 5 P.M. on February 2, 2015.
    Inasmuch as Brother Richard Gelber has run unopposed for the office of Secretary-Treasurer, Brother Al Villar has run unopposed for the office of Executive Board Representative Unit #1, Stephen Rubbinaccio has run unopposed for the office of Executive Board Representative Unit 3#, and Brother Stephen Francis has run unopposed for the office of Executive Board Representative Unit #5, and all other qualifications have been met, Brothers Gelber, Villar, Rubbinaccio, and Francis are hereby declared elected.

    Brendan Black
    Chairman, Elections Committee

    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.


    To:                  Membership of NABET-CWA Local 16

    From:              Election of Delegates to the NABET-CWA Quadrennial Sector Conference and the CWA Biennial Convention

    Date:               March 6, 2015

    Nominating petitions for Delegates to the NABET-CWA Quadrennial Sector Conference and the CWA Biennial Convention are available at the NABET-CWA Local 16 Office, 229 West 28th St., Suite 402, New York, NY  10001, between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  The Sector Conference will be held in Detroit, MI  June 4, 5, and 6, 2015 (Travel in for this Conference will be on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.), and the CWA Convention will be held on June 8, 9, and 10, 2015, also in Detroit.

    The Local 16 Executive Board has determined that we will send three delegates to these events.  The same delegates will represent Local 16 at both the Sector Conference and the CWA Convention, pursuant to Section 4.5 of the NABET-CWA Sector By-Laws.  By long-standing practice of Local 16, delegates elected are normally expected to stay for both events.

    Any active member who has been continuously in good standing in NABET-CWA Local 16 for a period of not less than one (1) year immediately prior to the date of nomination, is eligible to run for delegate.

    Petitions, to be valid, require the signatures of forty (40) members in good standing of NABET-CWA Local 16.

    Petitions must be received in the Union office no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 3, 2015.

    2015 Local 16 Nolan/DiFranco Scholarships

    Local 16 sponsors two scholarship programs. The James P. Nolan Memorial Scholarship is in memory of the founding president of NABET Local 16. We also sponsor a Scholarship Fund in memory of WABC-TV transmitter engineer Donald DiFranco, who died in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. The number and amounts of these awards are set each year by the Local 16 Executive Board.


    This year we will award four (4) James P. Nolan Scholarships ($1000 each) and one (1) Donald DiFranco Scholarship ($1000) for the 2015-16 school term. Applications must be received at the NABET-CWA Local 16 office by Friday, May 29, 2015.

    A random drawing will be held on June 1, 2015 to determine the five winners. An applicant may win only one of the five scholarships. Applicants need not be present to win. Scholarship awards will be paid to the educational institution upon submission of verification of enrollment.

    1)    The scholarships are open to sons and daughters of retired, deceased, or active members, in good standing, of NABET-CWA Local 16. Grandchildren are not eligible.
    2)    Applicants must be enrolled in an institution of higher learning full-time during the 2015-2016 school year. Previous winners are not eligible.

    The DiFranco Scholarship is financed in part by the sale of t-shirts, and personal contributions. Checks made out to the "Donald DiFranco Scholarship Fund" may be sent to:
    NABET-CWA Local 16
    229 West 28th St Suite 402
    New York, NY 10001

    Contributions to the DiFranco Scholarship Fund are not tax-deductible.
    Click here to download an application. Applications ara also available at the Local 16 office.

    Completed applications can be e-mailed to, faxed to 212-247-4356 or mailed to NABET-CWA Local 16, 229 West 28th St Suite 402, New York, NY 10001.

    2015 CWA-Beirne Scholarships

    This is a reminder that applications are now being accepted through April 30, 2015, for the CWA Joe Beirne Foundation's annual scholarship offerings for the 2015-2016 school year.

    The Foundation's Board of Directors has approved the awarding of fifteen (15) partial college scholarships of up to $3,000 each, and the winners also will receive second-year scholarships for the same amount, contingent upon satisfactory academic achievement.

    Eligible for the scholarships are CWA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren, including the dependents of retired, laid-off, or deceased members.  Applicants must be high school graduates or high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply.  Undergraduate and graduate students returning to school may also apply.

    Applications will be available solely online for completion and submission to the Foundation's website:

    See this poster for more info.

    The winners will be chosen by lottery drawing.  Further information about the program can be found at the website.

    This valuable scholarship program is made possible by the funding of CWA locals. 

    For more information and assistance, please call 202.434.1187.

    Final deadline for applications is April 30, 2015.

    Visit the Local 16 Scholarship page for more information on these and other scholarships.


     2011-17 Master Agreement now available on pdf




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    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.

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    NEW (10/10/2014): 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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    $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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