Unions Set Protest At NPR
March 15, 2010 at 4:27 AM (PT)
Union broadcast technicians are staging a protest TODAY at NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO's WASHINGTON headquarters, objecting to the network's demands for concessions and givebacks in the parties' contract negotiations. The protest is set for noon-2p ET.
The union's release says, "The 65 members of NABET-CWA (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCAST EMPLOYEES AND TECHNICIANS -- COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO) each took wage/benefits cuts of $17,000 in crisis bargaining to help NPR during the uncertain economic days last spring at the depth of the Great Recession. Now, in bargaining for a new contract, with their technical professionals, NPR is demanding more givebacks, a wage freeze, eliminating more than half the bargaining unit jobs, and removing bargaining rights over benefit plans, cutting retirement plan contributions in half.
"THIS is NPR?!?!?! Sadly, yes it is. Please join us to protest anti-worker behavior by NPR."
The union contract expires on MARCH 15th, and the next bargaining sessions are scheduled for MARCH 16th and 17th.