ABC and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) Sector of the Communications Workers of America ratified a new four-year contract Friday covering about 1,100 staff employees and several thousand hires–news writers, desk assistants and technicians at the ABC Television Network, four ABC O&Os, ABC News Radio and at ABC operations. Union members will get a guaranteed pay hike of at least 3% in each of the next four years. Per diem pay hikes are also included in the pact that runs through March 2011 (the contract is effective 1/12). All eight NABET bargaining units at ABC ratified the contract. Earlier, both NABET’s leadership and its negotiating team had unanimously recommended ratification.
Many of the employees are at WABC-TV New York, KABC-TV Los Angeles, WLS-TV Chicago and KGO-TV San Francisco – and at the ABC Television Network in NY, LA and DC.