The National Association of Broadcast Engineers and Technicians/Communications Workers of America (NABET-CWA) and NPR have concluded contract negotiations, and the new contract has been ratified by the bargaining unit members with a strong show of support.
The negotiating teams focused on two key issues: broadcast recording technicians’ jurisdiction, and staffing. The new contract redefines the scope of covered work to support NPR’s adoption and use of new technology across the newsroom, and to provide greater opportunity for NABET members. It also specifies a no-layoff clause for reasons other than budget or programming changes, and proposes a gradual voluntary buyout of up to 17 of NABET’s 64 members over the 5-year contract term. Both NPR and NABET recognized the need to address staff reductions carefully, and committed to fair and generous treatment of those who will be affected in the coming years.