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NABET BOARD OKAYS MERGER WITH CWA

 NABET BOARD OKAYS MERGER WITH CWA
 WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of


Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) will seek approval among its 9,300 members for a merger with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), which represents 600,000 workers in telecommunications, printing and broadcast industries, health care and the public sector.
 NABET President James Nolan reported that his union's executive council voted unanimously to affiliate with CWA, and he said that NABET officials will be holding meetings around the country with local leaders and members to explain details of the merger proposal before submitting it to a membership referendum. The merger requires approval by two-thirds of the voting members.
 CWA and NABET declared their mutual goal of "creating a more powerful labor organization" in order to "enhance job security and economic prosperity for the hundreds of thousands of men and women of the communications, graphic arts, media, broadcasting and cable television industries."
 Nolan commented that "the values of our two unions are very similar," and stated: "We're excited about combining our experience and strength to develop new strategies for organizing workers and dealing with the multinationals that now dominate the broadcast and communications fields."
 CWA President Morton Bahr called it "a very natural and mutually beneficial alliance, given the convergence we are seeing between telecommunications, broadcast, cable and video industries." The two unions, he said, "together can travel faster and further toward unionizing and representing workers in all these fields than we could independently."
 NABET represents engineers, technicians and other broadcast employees at NBC and ABC television networks as well as at some 50 independent TV stations and production companies around the country.
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