WHUT-TV Workers Ratify New Contract After 18-Month Battle

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WHUT-TV Workers Ratify New Contract After 18-Month Battle(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)

NABET-CWA Local 31’s four-person bargaining unit voted last week to ratify a new contract at WHUT-TV. The settlement came after the NLRB advised the union in late September that they were going to issue a complaint supporting their Unfair Labor Practice charge “over the surface bargaining that has been part of the difficult bargaining going back to the spring of 2012,” said CWA’s Carrie Biggs-Adams. The agreement capped mobilization efforts by NABET-CWA Local 31, allies from Occupy Labor, Jobs with Justice, and the Metro Washington Council that began in the summer of 2012. “The effort to roll back wages to 1990s levels was beaten back,” says Biggs-Adams, “as was the effort to allow management to pick wage levels with no union input”.  Instead, basic wages will remain at the old rate, and workers will receive a 3% raise on July 1, 2014, and beginning July 1, 2015, employees will be eligible for up to 3% per year based upon their performance evaluations. Subcontracting and jurisdictional changes were kept close to the old contract language. “We look forward to rebuilding the unit going forward,” said Biggs-Adams. Local 31 President Rich McDermott participated along with Local 31 Counsel Keith Bolek in the process to wrap up the negotiations and the NLRB charges. photo: 9/29 action; photo by Adam Wright


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