Anti-Sinclair/Tribune Merger Coalition Bulks Up
By John Eggerton
The Coalition to Save Local Media, which is the coalition to block the Sinclair-Tribune merger, has added six new members, according to organizers, including a big union and leased access advocates.
Those new members are the United Church of Christ (UCC), NABET-CWA (representing some 10,000 broadcast employees), the Parents Television Council, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Herndon-Reston Indivisible, and the Leased Access Programmers Association.
“The proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger would result in job cuts at dozens of stations across the country and would harm the ability of local stations to broadcast information vital to their communities in a responsible and unbiased manner,” said NABET-CWA President Charlie Braico. “This merger is not in the interest of broadcast industry employees and is not in the interest of the American people.”
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“The broad swath of organizations opposing this new proposed Sinclair merger demonstrates that people do not need to agree on policy to agree that a vibrantly competitive local media market place is essential for our society,” said Cheryl Leanza, policy advisor to UCC
The coalition, whose founding members include the American Cable Association and Dish, has opened various fronts against the deal, including drumming up congressional opponents, calling on state attorneys general to weigh in against the deal–several have (http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/four-ags-ask-fcc-deny-s…)–launching a national ad campaign and issuing periodic e-mail updates on the national opinion shows and commentary Sinclair stations are required to air.
Reps. David Price (D-N.C.) and Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) had been scheduled to join other members of the coalition, which includes cable and satellite operators worried about the retrans muscle of a combined Sinclair-Tribune, on Capitol Hill Tuesday (Nov. 7) to criticize the merger, which the coalition maintains jeopardizes localism, competition and viewpoint diversity, but the event was postponed “due to rain,” according to the coalition.
Sinclair has said it needs to heavy up to compete with other, larger, program distributors–like cable and satellite and the Internet–with less, or no, comparable regulatory constraints.
The FCC is on day 108 of its informal 180-day shot clock on merger reviews, having restarted that clock last week after pausing it to collect more comment on Sinclair’s defense and explanation of the deal, including from NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, which did not give that defense good reviews.
NYS Workers’ Compensation Board Changes Bad for Workers
Imagine if you fell off a ladder and shattered your legs, had your arm crushed by a machine, or developed carpal tunnel syndrome in your hand, all because of your work, but you were not able to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits even if the injury caused long term damage. That could happen if the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has their way. The Board is proposing terrible changes to its guidelines that will result in drastic benefit cuts for injured workers who lose the use of an arm or leg. Take Action Now!
Corporations and the Business Council of New York have been lobbying hard to gut workers’ compensation to shortchange workers. This plan is an insult to all working men and women. This proposal would also open the door for doctors, insurance companies, and employers to mistreat already injured workers. With a new “insult to injury rule” already injured workers will be forced to go to a company-assigned doctor. If the company doctor then decides that a worker did not “fully cooperate” with the exam, the doctor can recommend a suspension of benefits and care. Don’t let them hurt already injured workers further. Tell the Board to scrap their proposed guidelines. The public comment period ended on October 23rd.
Thank you for taking action.
Dennis G. Trainor
CWA District 1 Vice President
For more information and actions, go to: http://www.nyworkerscompensationalliance.org/ProtectInjuredWorkers To view the proposed guidelines and regulations, go to: http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/wclaws/Proposed/Part300_2_300_39_325_1-6.jsp
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LOCAL 16 2017 ELECTION RESULTS
DATE: MARCH 3, 2017
TO: THE MEMBERSHIP OF NABET-CWA LOCAL 16
RE: ELECTION OF LOCAL 16 PRESIDENT/CWA CONVENTION DELEGATE
Following are the results of the election for President/CWA Convention Delegate of NABET-CWA Local 16.
Ballots Received 297
Invalid Ballots 2
Ballots Cast 295
Mark Abrahams 94
Arthur Mazzacca 201
Arthur Mazzacca, by receiving the majority of votes is hereby re-elected President of NABET-CWA Local 16.
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
TO: THE MEMBERSHIP OF NABET-CWA LOCAL 16
RE: ELECTION RESULTS – VICE PRESIDENT, EXECUTIVE BOARD
REPRESENTATIVE UNIT #2 AND EXECUTIVE BOARD REPRESENTATIVE UNIT #4
PETITIONS FOR THE ABOVE OFFICES WERE DUE IN THE LOCAL 16 OFFICE AT 5 P.M. ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017.
INASMUCH AS BROTHER JAMES NOLAN HAS RUN UNOPPOSED FOR THE OFFICE OF VICE PRESIDENT, BROTHER WILLIAM BORES HAS RUN UNOPPOSED FOR THE OFFICE OF EXECUTIVE BOARD REPRESENTATIVE UNIT #2, BROTHER BRIAN KELLY HAS RUN UNOPPOSED FOR THE OFFICE OF EXECUTIVE BOARD UNIT #4, AND ALL OTHER QUALIFICATIONS HAVE BEEN MET, BROTHERS NOLAN, BORES AND KELLY ARE HEREBY DECLARED ELECTED.
CHAIRMAN, ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
LOCAL 16 2015 ELECTION RESULTS
To: The Membership of NABET-CWA Local 16
From: Brendan Black, Chairman Elections Committee
Re: Election Results – Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Board Units 1, 3 and 5
Petitions for the above offices were due in the Local 16 office at 5 P.M. on February 2, 2015.
Inasmuch as Brother Richard Gelber has run unopposed for the office of Secretary-Treasurer, Brother Al Villar has run unopposed for the office of Executive Board Representative Unit #1, Stephen Rubbinaccio has run unopposed for the office of Executive Board Representative Unit #3, and Brother Stephen Francis has run unopposed for the office of Executive Board Representative Unit #5, and all other qualifications have been met, Brothers Gelber, Villar, Rubbinaccio, and Francis are hereby declared elected.
Chairman, Elections Committee
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