Union adds cable net in new NBCU deal


Comcast and NBCUNABET-CWA says its union members will be assigned to certain broadcasts on the new NBC Sports Network under an agreement with NBC Universal. The cable channel is the former Versus, which was rebranded in January.

According to the union, it is anticipated that NABET-CWA-represented technicians will now be assigned to cable-only broadcasts of events such as certain NHL playoff games, pre- and post-event coverage of Triple Crown and Breeders Cup thoroughbred racing, and other sports programming. These assignments would be in addition to times when these events air for broadcast on the NBC Television Network.

“NABET-CWA is pleased that we were able to reach this milestone agreement with NBC Universal, an agreement which should bring a significant amount of work for our members there,” said NABET-CWA President James C. Joyce. “This new arrangement will provide the full benefit of our national contract for these cable television broadcasts and represents a marked step forward in the business relationship between the Union and the Company,” Joyce added.

NABET-CWA represents 2500 workers employed at NBC nationally, as well as representing thousands of other broadcast professionals at television and radio networks and stations across America. Their parent Union, the Communications Workers of America, is the largest telecommunications union in the world, and represents over 700,000 men and women in both private and public sectors, in numerous diversified industries.

This new agreement covering NBC Sports Network came less than one month after NABET-CWA members ratified a new national contract at the NBC Television Network and its O&O TV stations in New York City, Washington, DC, Chicago and Los Angeles.