NABET-CWA, NPR Reach Deal
April 3, 2015 at 3:55 AM (PT)
NABET-CWA and NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO have reached agreement on a new contract, the union has informed its members, recommending ratification in an upcoming vote.
The union said that it thinks the pressure placed on NPR CEO JARL MOHN by last FRIDAY's rally outside NPR headquarters in WASHINGTON, along with a petition with 125 signatures and employees wearing red in solidarity "really worked to push the bad issues off the table and get us to a deal. "
Among the highlights of the new contract, the pact is for four years ending on APRIL 1, 2019; employees will get annual 2 1/2% raises; Short Turnaround pay will rise from $9.75 to $15 per hour; TD pay goes from $2 to $2.25 per hour right away and to $2.50 on APRIL 1st, 2017; two-tier wage steps have been eliminated and the first 4 steps have been eliminated altogether to make the total scale 6 instead of 10 steps; and each employee will get a signing bonus of $750 per person.
The "No Layoff" provision will continue in place and will protect all employees on the payroll as of WEDNESDAY (4/1). Voting will be done by mail, with ballots due back by APRIL 14th to be counted on APRIL 15th.