Channel 10, Local 54 Celebrate 70 Years


On April 3, 1953 NABET (now NABET-CWA) signed its first contract with Channel 10 (then KFSD-TV) and our members began months of hard work installing and testing television equipment.

That work culminated on September 13, 1953, when Channel 10 signed-on for the first time, an affiliate of the NBC Television Network.

Read more and view the photo album here.

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Working People Standing Together

What’s a union? It’s simple, really. Unions are working people standing together.

When workers have a union, they have a voice on the job. Working together, they negotiate good wages and working conditions so they can provide a better life for their families.

Union members have higher wages, greater job stability, retirement security, and access to quality healthcare for their families. It is no wonder that 57 million Americans who are not union members say they want to be part of one.


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About Us

NABET-CWA represents employees in the telecommunications, broadcasting and cable industries.

Local 54 has represented employees of KGTV San Diego since the station signed-on in September of 1953. NABET-CWA represents Channel 10's Engineers, Technicians, Directors, Assistant Directors, Technical Directors, Media Managers, and Creative Services Producers, Videographer-Editors, Design Director and Graphic Designers.

NABET-CWA strives primarily to give its members a sense of pride in their work and dignity in their work place. We are comprised of highly specialized professional workers. Our efforts are directed to steadily improving our status through the achievement of better working conditions and higher wages.

NABET-CWA represents employees at ABC, NBC and over 100 private Radio, TV, Film and Video companies.

Before NABET-CWA, broadcast employees worked split shifts; there was no pay or time off for holidays; there was no overtime pay.

NABET-CWA has achieved the Union Shop; Paid vacation and statutory holidays; Lay-off and rehiring on seniority basis; Differential pay for night work; Discharge for just and sufficient cause only; 12-hour turn-around period; Late meal period penalties; Grievance procedure, including arbitration; Contract provisions for automation; Pension Plans; Overtime pay; Highest wages and best working conditions in the industry.

NABET-CWA is part of the Communications Workers of America. CWA is "The Union for the Information Age," representing 700,000 workers in communications, media, airlines, manufacturing and public service.
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