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NABET-CWA Ratifies Contract

Technicians and newswriters at ABC News, ABC Sports, ABC Entertainment and ABC-owned stations will get a 3% pay hike over each of the next four years.

That’s according to a copy of a new contract between ABC and the National
Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of
America union.

Nine of the 10 bargaining units voted to approve a new contract, which
NABET-CWA said covers about 2,800 positions.

The only local not to approve it was one covering Los Angeles plant-maintenance workers.

That does not affect the general ratification, however, since each local
ratification stands as its own deal.

The new contract goes through March 31, 2007.

The old one expired May 12 after being extended from March 31 while both
sides concentrated on covering the war in Iraq.

The union’s negotiating committee unanimously recommended that the locals
ratify the master agreement, which was finalized Aug. 7.

The contract also preserves a retirement trust as a defined benefit.

Word out of the CWA Friday was that a conference call negotiation was going on
with the holdout Los Angeles local, and that ABC might give it an extension to revote
the contract Monday.