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NABET-CWA opened negotiations with ABC/Disney on Sept. 20 for a new master agreement.

CWA President Chris Shelton joined NABET-CWA President Charlie Braico and the union's Network Negotiating Committee at the opening session and pledged the support of all CWA members and retirees in this fair contract fight. Charlie Braico reminded management that union members at Disney/ABC were united in their proposals for a fair contract and would be mobilizing to make that a reality.

The contract covers nearly 3,000 NABET-CWA members who are staff and daily hires at the ABC Television Network and four ABC-owned television stations in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

The NABET-CWA bargaining committee includes: Local 51016 President Arthur Mazzacca; Local 59051 President Kevin Wilson; Local 52031 Treasurer Maurice Thomas, and RVP-4 Don Farnham.

The NABET-CWA bargaining committee opened negotiations with ABC/Disney on Sept. 20 for a new master agreement.


Omni Air

AFA-CWA and Omni Air International Flight Attendants reached a tentative agreement for a first contract today with the assistance of the National Mediation Board. The details of the agreement are being released first to the more than 300 Omni Air Flight Attendants.

"Omni Air Flight Attendants have worked long and hard to achieve a first contract. Negotiations began with our successful organizing campaign in 2011. This agreement will make a real difference for Omni Air Flight Attendants and their families, and provides a solid foundation for future negotiations. By standing together, we were able to achieve a good first contract and a first step in recognizing the substantial contributions of Flight Attendants to the airline," said Hamilton Kaopua, AFA-CWA president at Omni Air International.

Based in Tulsa, Okla., Omni operates international and domestic passenger charters and provides cargo and troop airlift for the U.S. military.


AT&T West

CWAers from several northern California locals leafleted outside AT&T Park as the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers went head-to-head on Monday night. CWA District 9 Vice President Tom Runnion joined members of CWA Locals 9400, 9404, 9410, 9412, 9415, 9421 and 9423 at the action.

They informed fans attending the game that while AT&T revenues are growing and the company's CEO makes a whopping $11,530 per hour, executives want big cuts from workers, including shifting more health care costs to workers, slashing benefits, and cutting wages for high-skilled work.

CWAers taking a stand against AT&T's demands for cuts in benefits and working conditions.