The truck parked near Channel 7 with the sign that says “Turn Off Channel 7” finally can be moved.
After almost two years working with a contract imposed by management, about 40 technicians and on-air personnel at the station approved a new contract Thursday night.
According to Bob Hellwicz, the vice president of Channel 7′s NABET chapter, the deal runs until Dec. 31, 2014 and includes retroactive raises of between 1.5 percent and 7 percent. He said the workers making the least amount of money receive the higher percentage raise.
In return, management gained jurisdiction over jobs that essentially enables it to decide who has to do what job.
And management also gets to see that truck (described by one blog reader as something out of the “Beverly Hillbillies”) – and many other signs in the area with a similar message – moved.
The two sides resumed negotiations after the union filed charges against management with the NLRB that included the failure to negotiate.
The labor peace may make it easier for Channel 7 to be sold.
It isn’t as exciting as if the NFL owners and players made a deal, but the labor peace between Channel 7 workers and their owner is worth cheering.
* If you missed Wednesday’s nostalgic and moving installment of American Masters featuring Carole King and James Taylor (see above), Jackson Browne, Steve Martin and others, circle 9 p.m. March 20. That’s when WNED-TV plans to repeat the extraordinary program, “Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter.”
* Tune in Alert: AMC carries a six-episode marathon of its highly-rated and highly-entertaining zombie series “The Walking Dead” at 8 tonight. Just don’t expect to sleep after it is over.
* Inquiring minds want to know: What are the news ratings like at 10 p.m. and 11 a.m. weekdays? OK, one person asked and he’s in the business.
At 10 p.m., Channel 4’s News on WNLO dominates Channel 2’s News on WNYO, 6.1-1.9. The 6.1 is a higher rating than many prime time shows and all of Channel 7’s newscasts receive.
At 11 a.m., the Channel 2 newscast anchored by John Beard jumped by 12 percent from a year ago to 3.7.
* With the February sweeps over, it is time for cable subscribers to head to PrimeTime On Demand to catch up on old episodes that they have missed. I got one surprise recently using the feature. ABC doesn’t allow viewers to fast forward through the commercials. Still, it doesn’t run that many of them.
* I tuned into Sandy Beach on WBEN-AM one afternoon this week and heard him talk about the networks making money on NFL games. Actually, the networks pay such a big rights fee that they collectively lose money on the games. ESPN makes money on Monday Night Football because it sells advertising and gets cable subscriber fees. Fox, CBS and NBC essentially use the games as a loss leader. So Sandy was mistaken. But at least he wasn’t spreading misinformation about political issues as he often does.