NABET members, WGBH reach agreement on five-year contract

By Dru Sefton

Local members of NABET (National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians — Communications Workers of America) at WGBH in Boston voted Dec. 1 to accept a new five-year contract.

“The negotiations were collaborative and productive, and reflected the NABET members’ understanding of the challenges facing the media industry,” said Ben Godley, WGBH c.o.o., in a statement. “We appreciate their focus on the issues, their commitment to WGBH’s mission, and their dedication to their members and their craft.”

“Our members have dedicated years to the success of WGBH,” said Brad Hawes, engineer and president of NABET, in the statement. “We hope the ratification of this contract will lead to a stronger WGBH.” Union members are radio and television engineers who shoot, edit, run sound and lighting, and operate and maintain all broadcast equipment.

The statement also said the contract “provides NABET employees greater professional growth opportunities, and allows more operational flexibility and new production models for WGBH.”

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