National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians
The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET-CWA) is a labor union representing employees in television, radio, film, and media production. A division of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), NABET represents about 12,000 workers organized into about 35 local unions ("locals").
The union was first organised in 1934 as the Association of Technical Employees (ATE), at first covering employees involved in network television and radio; the union was created by NBC as a way to prevent its own workers from joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The ATE would soon expand to other radio networks, and by 1937, ATE also included independent radio and television stations. In 1939 the ATE achieved a union shop clause.
The union's name changed to NABET in 1940 and was affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1951. In 1952 Canadian radio, television and film workers were entered into the NABET fold. In 1965, NABET expanded to include workers in the film industry.
In 1968, Canadian NABET locals achieved local autonomy followed in 1974 by full autonomy.
In 1994, NABET merged with the CWA and changed its name to NABET-CWA.
Its current officers are Sector President James C. Joyce (who succeeded John S. Clark as International President in February 2010) and Sector Vice President Charles Braico.
- James Harvey Brown (1906–45), president