NABET Walks Out Of Contract Talks With ABC News
March 27, 2007 at 5:51 AM (PT)
NABET-CWA has walked out of contract negotiations with ABC days before the MARCH 31 expiration of the existing contract covering about 2,500 news workers in the network's radio and TV divisions. NABET said that ABC's present contract offer "would do irreparable harm to workers' job security, pensions and other rights and benefits." The union's differences with the network reportedly center on seniority and pension issues as well as training for new technology.
ABC's response to the walkout was to issue a statement saying, "It is unprecedented for a union at ABC to walk out at this stage of negotiations just because it does not like what has been proposed. ABC did not expect NABET to like all the company proposals, just as there are many NABET proposals that ABC doesn't like, but we did expect them to negotiate, not just walk away. That is what collective bargaining negotiations is all about. We are shocked and saddened by this precipitous action."