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IBEW LOCAL 1228 SEEKS JUSTICE FOR SPORTS BROADCAST TECHNICIANS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                

CONTACT: FLETCHER FISCHER, IBEW Local 1228 Business Manager

(860) 281 - 4185  Fletcher@IBEW1228.org

NESN BROADCAST TECHNICIANS

BENCHED FOR UNIONIZING

IBEW Local 1228 Fights Against Retribution

Boston, MA - New England Sports Network (NESN) and its new crewing company, Program Productions Incorporated (PPI) have devastated the incomes of their loyal workers by engaging in retribution in retaliation for unionizing. Recently, NESN broadcast technicians across New England joined IBEW Local 1228 to create a collective voice to garner equal pay of those in similar positions working for other networks, much needed health benefits, retirement planning and safer working conditions. NESN hired PPI to staff the 2017 season and crew members who have worked most of these games at Fenway Park for over twenty years found themselves being replaced.

BARGAINING UPDATE

As of today, July 2, 2017 here is where we are at multiple bargaining tables. We are currently bargaining the following contracts:

WBZ - Successor Agreement with CBS Owned and Operated station. The Company continues to refuse to address large pay gaps for Senior workers who earn 30%less than their counterparts in Boston stations. Last week CBS made what they are calling their "Final Offer" which barely moved off of their previous offer, still does not address pay inequities and now has languauge that allows the Station to move jobs out of the station to a "hub" outside of New England. We will be holding a shop meeting to review and vote on this proposal in the near future.

WHDH - We've met twice at the Bargaining table to date and the Company is holding tight to low wage increases and refusing to add more staff positions. They are saying that the recent loss of the NBC affiliation has put the Company in a new economic platform and although the ratings are doing very well they don't want to risk big increases in their budget. The shop is demanding higher pay  increases for the drastically increased and stressful news programming added since January. At this point WHDH is broadcasting 12 hours of news every week day and people are burning out. We will be back at the table in August.

WCVB - Issues on the table are clearly wages. Over the last 6 years the bargaining unit has only averaged a 1.6% pay increasee each year.  The Company is only offering 2% so far and that's not sitting well in the shpo. We are back at the table August 9 & 10.

WMUR - Successor Agreement for Photographers station owned by Hearst in Manchester New Hampshire. We were back at the table in June but did not finalize many issues. We probably won't be back at the table until September due to vacation schedules.

#blackeye4cbs

We are fighting very hard at the WBZ/CBS bargaining table to get fair ages for workers who have been dedicated to the station for many many years. The station is paying newly hired employees market rates but refuses to do so to people who have been at the station for 5-15 years. Those individuals are being paid 30% below their counterparts and both Union and non-union stations in Boston.

The WBZ managers at the bargaining table have offered nothing but insults for these workers and don't feel the slightest compulsion to pay them what they deserve. we have take our fight to social media as well as the IBEW Local 103 bulletin board  on the expressway for commuters to see every rush hour. Stay tuned, the fight is about to get more intensee!

Grievances Filed Against PPI

Currently there are two grievances filed against PPI for violating the Contract during this Red Sox season. The first was for not properly crewing enough audio techs to handle ne assignments as dictated by the contract. But the second and most serious is a grievance filed against PPI for not hiring crew members according to the criteria of the Contract. Instead they have instituted a bogus standard of false diversity which has been making workers lose multiple days of work and causing great economic hardships on the families of technicians who have served the Red Sox and NESN for 2 decades.

Stay tuned for developments.

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