Bargaining and Organizing Update
NABET-CWA Members at ABC Disney
The ABC Network Negotiating Committee has agreed to an additional extension of the 2017-2021 Master Agreement. All terms of the current ABC contract will continue, and a 2 percent base pay raise will go into effect in October.
The Committee cited the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as a concern for all parties, prompting the extension. The Committee plans to return to the bargaining table in late August or early September of this year.
CWA District 9 Members at Verizon Select Services
CWA's bargaining team has reached a tentative four-year agreement with Verizon Select Services, Inc., covering 170 employees in California.
The agreement contains many improvements including wage increases, enhancements to the dental and vision plans, improvements to vacation time, and more.
Floyd County Productions
A majority of animators at Floyd County Productions (FCP), the largest animation studio in Georgia and best known for the animated program Archer, have announced that they are forming a union with CWA. The animators have been organizing for more than a year and are now calling for voluntary recognition from FCP.
"We are excited to work together as a collective to continue building a workplace where everyone receives their fair share and can thrive in a culture of mutual respect and transparency," said Margeaux McClelland, a 3D Texture Artist at the studio.
Washington State NewsGuild
Journalists at McClatchy-owned The Tacoma News Tribune, The Olympian, The Bellingham Herald, and the Tri-City Herald in Washington have organized to form the Washington State NewsGuild and their unit has been voluntarily recognized by the company. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had ruled that the journalists could be recognized as one unit in February.
Voluntary Recognition for ACLU MO United
Staff at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri have joined United Media Guild Local 36047 and their unit, ACLU MO United, has been voluntarily recognized by the employer.
"We are glad that ACLU MO's leadership agrees forming a union is the right move for our organization, and beyond excited to start collective bargaining and fully join the labor movement," the workers tweeted.
New York City Film and Television Production Parking Coordinators
Nineteen Parking Coordinators in New York City's film and television industry have joined CWA, and will be covered by the Master Agreement that 600 Parking Production Assistants (PPAs) have negotiated as members of CWA Local 1101.
Parking Coordinators and PPAs secure parking in the New York City area for film and television productions. Previously one of the few occupations in live-action television and film production not protected by a Collective Bargaining Agreement, Parking Coordinators now have just cause protections, overtime pay, pension and health contributions, standard grievance and arbitration procedure, and health and safety protections.