For immediate release
February 5, 1998


National Public Radio's engineers and technical employees, who record audio, maintain equipment and distribute NPR programs via satellite to NPR's network of nearly 600 member stations, voted by a narrow margin yesterday for NABET (National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians) representation. NABET representation received 39 of the 76 votes cast. This marks a change from representation by an employee group, which has been in effect since 1971.

The vote, completed by midnight yesterday, was held in response to an order by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after a petition for recognition was filed by NABET. The secret ballot election, sponsored and administered by the NLRB, was held at NPR headquarters. 76 of the 78 employees eligible to vote participated.

NPR president and chief executive officer Delano E. Lewis said the company respects its employees right to choose representation. He pledged to work effectively and in good faith with NABET, as NPR has been doing with AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), which represents 210 non-supervisory production and editorial employees.

"NPR's priority is to continue to provide a work environment that attracts the industry's best professionals, delivers NPR programs to listeners via our member stations efficiently, encourages excellence and fosters long-term relationships with employees," he said.

NPR produces and distributes award-winning news, information and entertainment via its network of nearly 600 public radio stations. NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters has 475 employees.