New contract for NPR’s broadcast techs

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An NPR bargaining unit of 64 broadcast technicians ratified a new five-year contract negotiated by the National Association of Broadcast Engineers and Technicians/Communications Workers of America. The new contract gives NPR more flexibility on jurisdictional rules over uses of new technology in the newsroom. A no lay-off clause specifies that no jobs will be terminated “for reasons other than budget or programming changes,” but up to 17 NABET workers may be offered voluntary buy-outs, according to an NPR statement. “Both NPR and NABET recognized the need to address staff reductions carefully, and committed to fair and generous treatment of those who will be affected in coming years,” the statement said.

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