Contract Ratified at KSBY-TV

A new three-year contract was reached and ratified during the first week of September for the 25-member NABET-CWA Local 51 unit at KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, CA. The agreement for the station’s Content Producers, Photographers, Production Control Technicians, Master Control Technicians, Maintenance Engineers, Graphics, Creative Services Producers and Directors includes wage increases of 2.5% in each year of the contract, providing a 7.5% wage increase over the contract term. The wages are retroactive to June 8, 2017.

            “This bargaining was primarily about money. KSBY is Number 1 in their market, but was resistant to compensate employees fairly for the work they provide,” said Local 51 President Kevin Wilson. “The 7.5 percent wage increase we negotiated over the term of the three-year contract does not come close to covering the cost of living in the very expensive area of the Central Coast.”

            “Nevertheless,” Wilson added, “We didn't give up anything and negotiated improvements such as an increase in severance pay to a maximum of 16 weeks; an increase in carryover days of paid sick leave; and, an increase of job protection for employees who are disabled or who are involved in an on-the-job injury.”

            The Union’s bargaining committee consisted of Kenny Nichols and Local 51’s President Kevin Wilson.

As published in the Fall 2017 NABET News