The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians–Communications Workers of America (NABET-CWA) represents more than 7,000 workers in broadcasting and related industries. As a sector of our parent union, CWA, we have the support of another 600,000 members in telecommunications, newspapers, manufacturing, state and local government, nursing, policing and many other fields.
As technology and a bottom-line corporate mentality rapidly change in our profession, power in numbers is more important than ever. At NABET-CWA, we use collective bargaining, contract enforcement, job training, political activity and organizing to improve wages, working conditions and job security.
Where We Work
NABET-CWA has contracts with ABC, NBC, FOX and other networks, as well as local TV stations across the country. Our members include engineers, photographers, editors, directors, technicians, graphic artists, traffic coordinators, clerical workers, truck operators, writers, reporters, anchors, producers and others in the television and cable industry.
The formation of the Union that would become NABET was begun in 1934, when the ATE, (Association of Technical Employees) began representing employees in Television, Radio, Film and Production. Originally the employees represented worked for the "Red" and "Blue" networks, which later became ABC and NBC, respectively.