For Immediate Release: April 14, 2022
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IBEW Broadcast Technicians Approve New CBS Agreement
IBEW members covered by the CBS National Agreement voted to approve a new contract agreement effective May 1.
The agreement covers approximately 3,500 technicians employed by CBS and represented by the IBEW.
“Our bargaining committee did a masterful job dealing with very challenging issues,” said IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson. “Bargaining covered everything from job security to changing technologies. These aren’t easy matters, but our committee worked hard to find solutions to ensure that our members continued to enjoy job security, competitive wages and benefits, and a strong voice at work.”
The new three-year agreement will be in effect through April 2025.
The IBEW committee consisted of members from many classifications who were highly dedicated and knowledgeable, said IBEW Broadcasting Director Robert Prunn. “This process was amazing to be a part of, and I am extremely proud of the work our members did to secure a fair agreement that will continue to provide job security into the future.”
Neil Ambrosio, an IBEW international representative in the broadcasting department, says this agreement reflects the IBEW’s commitment to maintaining good jobs and broadcast excellence.
“This round of negotiations had every big topic in it,” said Ambrosio. “Job security for freelancers, new media and streaming platforms, the impacts of new sports league rights deals, and major technological changes relating to our jurisdictions. Resolving these issues through solution-based negotiations provided IBEW and CBS with a contract everyone could agree to and, most importantly, an agreement that our members would ratify.”
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.