DECEMBER UPDATE

Around the Local

Negotiations

PROGRAM PRODUCTIONS- After bargaining that went on since February of this year, we have reached a Tentative Agreement with Program Productions Inc.(PPI). Members of the Bargaining Unit have been sent the document for their review and we will be holding a series of ratification votes near job sites between Friday December 19 and Monday December 22 culminating with a vote tally at 7:15 PM on Monday December 22 which any Bargaining Unit member is welcome to observe. We will post the results of that vote here and send notice to all bargaining Unit members.

CPTV - We met with the Company again on December 9 &10. they made another move closer to our proposals after giving us a preview of the business plan they are implementing for the next 3 years which projects significant revenue increases. We will take their proposal under advisement but despite the no layoff and fiscal aspects of their proposals we are extremely concerned about their jurisdiction proposals that allow them to subcontract out every bit of bargaining unit work. In between sessions we are also talking to Legislative leaders and the Governors office about our concerns.

Other News

WJAR - Effective midnight December 19th Sinclair Broadcasting officially takes over the Station. The sale was finally approved by the FCC on December 12th. On Monday December 15th Sinclair announced that they will be launching a national cable news channel where they will pool resources and programming from from all of their stations.