IATSE has announced it has negotiated a 3½-year contract with New York Times Television covering motion picture and sound editing for cable television productions.

The deal has been reached in the wake of last December’s affiliation of more than 100 with the Motion Pictures Editor Guild, IATSE Local 700.

NYT-TV, a subsidiary of the New York Times, produces the “Science Times” cable television program for the National Geographic Channel and a number of programs for the Learning Channel, including “Trauma: Life in the ER” and “Maternity Ward.”

The union said the agreement is part of an effort by the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to organize cable television producers. “This contact is about making sure everyone gets a fair shake, and we applaud NYT-TV for helping us to set the standard for reality-based cable television,” IATSE Intl. prexy Tom Short said.

The Motion Picture Editors Guild reps 6,000 picture and sound editors, re-recording mixers and their respective assistants. MPEG is one of the largest units in the IA, which has 110,000 members.