WKBW And NABET-CWA Reach Terms For New Contract

March 4, 2011 Updated Mar 4, 2011 at 3:55 PM EDT

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WKBW And NABET-CWA Reach Terms For New Contract

March 4, 2011 Updated Mar 4, 2011 at 3:55 PM EDT

WKBW-DT and NABET-CWA (National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians- Communication Workers of America) Local 25, announced today that they have reached terms for a new agreement covering the news and technical employees of Channel 7 in Buffalo, New York.

The agreement, reached three years after the expiration of the prior contract, provides wage and benefit increases for union employees with operating flexibility for the station.

The new contract will cover NABET-CWA employees working as engineers, graphic artists, and production photographers, along with those working the assignment desk, reporters, multi-media journalists, news photographers, producers, and anchors for Eyewitness News for the next four years, expiring on December 31, 2014.

Both parties expressed their satisfaction that they have reached new agreement, and are looking forward to a cooperative and productive working relationship moving forward.

WKBW President and General Manager Bill Ransom commented, “The WKBW family looks forward to continue working together under this new contract, serving our viewers.”

NABET-CWA representative Bill Murray said, “We are pleased to have a new contract for our members.”
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Granite Broadcasting operates in geographically diverse markets reaching over 6.0 percent of the nations’s television households. The Company’s ownership or management station portfolio consists of four NBC affiliates, three ABC affiliates, three CBS affiliates, one major market MyNetwork TV affiliate and one major market independent station. The NBC affiliates are KSEE-TV, Fresno-Visalia, California, WEEK-TV, Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois, WISE-TV, Ft. Wayne, Indiana and KBJR-TV, Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. The ABC affiliates are WKBW-TV, Buffalo, New York, WHOI-TV, Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois, and WPTA, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The CBS affiliates are WTVH-TV, Syracuse, New York, KDLH-TV Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin and WBNG-TV, Binghamton, New York. The MyNetwork affiliate is WMYD-TV, Detroit, Michigan and the independent station is KOFY-TV in San Francisco, California.
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NABET-CWA - National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America, is a Union devoted to aiding workers employed in the broadcasting, distributing, telecasting, recording, cable, video, sound recording and related industries in North America.
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CWA, the largest telecommunications union in the world, represents over 700,000 men and women in both private and public sectors, including over half a million workers who are building the Information Highway. CWA members work in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable TV, journalism, publishing, manufacturing, airlines, customer service, government service, health care, education and other fields.