January 2015
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Also In This Issue Holding the line for
the middle class

FairPoint workers take
on corporate greed read_more

Delta Star
Successful union transformer manufacturer
in the heart of Dixie read_more

Unions to EPA:
Grid Reliability at Risk read_more

A New Day
Water company ends
long-running action with
$10 million settlement read_more

Partnering for Success
Solid First Contract at Greenlee Textron Tools read_more

A Culture of Organizing
NYC local takes on
the Big Apple read_more

2013 PBF Summary
Annual Report read_more

North of 49°
Tories Resurrect
Anti-Labour Bill read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Le projet de loi antisyndicale est ressuscité par les conservateurs read_more





Change of Address

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CBS Techs Crew Sports Classic

From Major League Baseball to the PGA golf championship and more, IBEW broadcasting professionals help bring line drives, Hail Marys and holes-in-one into millions of sports fans' living rooms year round.

This pro football season, they've gone even further into the game.

New York Local 1212 members now help produce "Inside the NFL," the longest running TV series in cable history. Airing Tuesday nights on CBS-owned Showtime, the hour-long show hosted by sportscasters and NFL greats breaks down each week's games in detail — serving up video replays, analysis and debate about the league to viewers each week.

"The cooperation between the IBEW and CBS, and our history of a positive relationship, has helped make this possible," said Local 1212 Business Manager Ralph Avigliano. "Our collaboration helps ensure work like this, as well as continuous work moving into the future."

A crew of more than a dozen technicians — who perform camera work, audio, mixing, graphics and more — start production on the show Tuesday mornings in CBS' sprawling midtown Manhattan headquarters, which employs nearly 500 IBEW members. Depending on the rhythm of each program and the staff's technical needs, shooting typically takes about four hours. The video is then edited, mixed and prepped for air by Local 1212 members.

"It's been a great season so far," said Local 1212 member Allen Brown, who is one of the program's five camera operators. "The best part about my job is the ability to be creative." The second-generation IBEW broadcasting member has worked for the network since 1974. "Sometimes you do something that a director didn't expect you to do and it makes for great television. It's a rewarding process."

"Inside the NFL" premiered on HBO in 1977, where it ran for more than three decades. Showtime picked up the program in 2008. Now in its seventh season on the cable channel, sportscaster Greg Gumbel hosts alongside veteran safety Ed Reed, named 2004 NFL defensive player of the year, and Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Rounding out the talent is famed quarterback and 1988 NFL Most Valuable Player Boomer Esiason and former New York Giants quarterback and celebrated commentator Phil Simms. This season hit the airwaves last fall and runs weekly through February's Super Bowl. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Hill: 2014: The Highs
and Lows read_more
Chilia: Beating Back
Right-to-Work read_more

TransitionsC. James Spellane read_more

Organizing WireOhio Utility Locators Overcome Distance to
Vote 'Union Yes' read_more

CircuitsUnion Plus Mortgage Program Helps Philly Member;
After Surgery, Union Plus had His Back;
Toronto NextGen
Growing, Giving read_more

LettersA Future Without Fossils?;
Corporate Rule, In Meter;
The Code at Work;
USA: You Belong;
Supporting Union Strikers

In MemoriamNovember 2014 read_more

Who We AreBuilding a Connection,
Haiti to Canada read_more

Win a Trip CMA Music Festival