FAQ Sports Broadcast Technicians

ORGANIZING NEW ENGLAND BROADCAST SPORTS CREWERS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What clients are IBEW Local 1228 organizing with and why is this happening now?

Sports programming and related crewing is growing rapidly on both cable, and online and more sports networks are cropping up like Fox Sports 1 & 2, and Sinclair Sports Network just to name a few. There is no doubt that live broadcast sports of professional, college and high school levels has a very healthy future and presents career paths for many technicians into the future throughout New England.

In the last year we reached a historic Tentative Agreement with Program Productions Inc. (PPI) who crew sports events at Fenway Park, Providence College and any and all other work they do for Fox Sports 1 (FS1) in New England. PPI has been chosen as the preferred crewing agent nationwide by FS1.  We have also reached Agreement with LDM Worldwide for 2 year Agreement. Both Contracts provide for fair market wages, holiday pay, travel pay, parking, defined working conditions as well as contributions into a 401k and medical insurance under the Entertainment industry FLEX benefits program.

Currently we are in the process of organizing MJN Productions, who crew Revolutions Soccer as well as RED SOX away feeds, Boston College football and many other sporting events throughout New England. We hope to have enough cards signed soon and will ask for recognition when that happens.

Will IBEW Local 1228 organize against other clients that provide work in New England?

As with any broadcast market, the strongest contracts and the best rates happen when the entire market is organized. We will organize any crewer where a strong majority of workers who work for a particular crewer wish to do so.  The New England Freelance community deserves the best wage rates, health care, retirement and working conditions at every broadcast they work and Local 1228 is dedicated to making that happen with you.

How would IBEW Local 1228 protect Sport TV Freelancers of New England?

With the support of the International Office of the IBEW, our Local Union Officers and Staff, lawyers and new Sports TV Freelance Shop Stewards we will bargain the Contract that you the members put together and we will police it on every job site. Our goal is to provide a strong wage and benefit package but also fair working conditions that are particular to this industry such as cancelation fees, parking, overnight accommodations, proper meals and meal breaks, turnaround time, etc.

We will negotiate a Contract that stops uneven daily rates per craft and favoritism in assignment as well as providing safe workplace practices and procedures.

What benefits would IBEW Local 1228 try to secure for me?

The benefits that we would seek to secure for all broadcast technicians and utilities would be determined by the Craft Committee put together for each crewer we organize.  The Craft Committee will determine what wages, health care, retirement and working conditions to fight for in consultation with all affected workers.  Members of the Craft Committee will be giving input to the Committees sitting at the bargaining table along with IBEW 1228 leadership and lawyers. 

Ultimately, the Bargaining Committees will present a contract package to be approved or rejected by the members of that Bargaining Unit; the members have the final vote on accepting or rejecting contract offers from their employers.

If IBEW Local 1228 secures a Contract with a client, how long will it last?

Contracts generally run from two to four years, but it has to be mutually agreed upon by both sides.

Who pays for legal representation for IBEW Local 1228 during Contract negotiations?

Local 1228 pays for legal representation for our Boston based labor law attorneys; we also have access to IBEW national staff attorneys if needed.  Both sets of attorneys have been involved in our organizing work so far.

What is the initiation fee for IBEW Local 1228?

If you are a Freelance member working under the CBS or FOX national Agreement our initiation fee is $150. However, if you are working under a Contract we have negotiated locally with an Employer and you are a Bargaining Unit member we charge 20% of the top weekly rate for the classification you are in but never more than $200. In most cases The IBEW waives the initiation fee for those original Bargaining Unit members who archived a first Contract with their Employer.

What are the dues for IBEW Local 1228?

Basic Dues are $22.50 per month and Working Dues (when you work under a 1228 contract) are 1.55% of straight time hours up to 40 hours; there are no dues collected for overtime and no dues will be collected until there is a Contract that the members have approved.

If I am a member of IBEW Local 1212, do I have to join IBEW Local 1228 to work locally?

If the majority of your work is done under a Local 1212 Contract you should remain a member of 1212. However, if the majority of your work is performed under a 1228 you can ask for a transfer to Local 1228. But in either case any work done under a Local 1228 or a 1212 contract would result in working dues being paid to that respective Local. 

Who makes sure that members pay their dues at IBEW Local 1228?

The local union will try to negotiate dues check-off with the crewer, meaning the crewer would automatically deduct your Working Dues from your hours worked.  However, this must be mutually agreed upon in the union Contract; it is not a given. 

Ultimately, it is the member’s responsibility to pay their dues. Local 1228 will send you a monthly statement of what your account looks like. 

If I am a member of another union, can I still join IBEW Local 1228?

Yes.  Some of our IBEW members are members of 3 other unions.  There is nothing stopping you from being a member of more than one union.