IBEW Retains Neil Ambrosio as Strategic Advisor for Broadcasting
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has retained Neil J. Ambrosio to act as a strategic advisor to its Broadcasting and Telecommunications Department. “Neil brings an important perspective to our efforts,” says International President Edwin D. Hill. “We have seen the broadcasting industry change in recent years, both in the areas of technology and the type of workforce.”
Ambrosio is an Emmy award winning graphic artist and IBEW member, who has spent the last 15 years working as a freelance employee in broadcasting. He has worked on broadcast teams covering a variety of sports including, the NFL, SEC Football, NBA, NASCAR, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the PGA Tour, and the Masters. “I am excited and honored to take on this new challenge.” says Ambrosio. “Freelancers make up a very large community in broadcasting, and the issues that affect us in the areas of healthcare, retirement, travel and safety need to be addressed more fully. President Hill’s strengthening of the department shows the IBEW is listening, and is willing to adapt and change.”
In the two National agreements the IBEW has with CBS and FOX Sports, freelancers saw big improvements especially in the newly ratified FOX Sports National Agreement, which included a 24% increase in travel compensation and additional contributions to medical benefits.
“Neil was a part of both the CBS and FOX Sports bargaining teams, and brought both insight and expertise to our negotiations. I am sure he will continue to do the same as an advisor for us,” says Martha Pultar, IBEW Director of Broadcasting and Telecommunications. Ambrosio will report directly to President Hill and Director Pultar, and says he is looking forward to getting started.
“I think the IBEW has a lot to offer, not only to employees, but to employers. We just need to show them,” says Ambrosio. “CBS is a great example. Since the 1950’s, the CBS and IBEW have had a labor partnership. And in 60 plus years, both sides have had to adapt and change. While it hasn’t always been easy, we have done it and remained their partner. And CBS is doing pretty well, especially in the last 10 years, which have been among the most challenging.”