IATSE Moves One Step Closer To Representing Workers In TV Commercial Production Departments

The union said Thursday that it has sent a formal request to the Association of Independent Commercial Producers to initiate a card count by a neutral third party on behalf of thousands of unionizing freelance TV commercial production department workers. If a majority of workers sign the cards, IATSE will be recognized as their collective bargaining agent.

Major TV Nets Sign Freelancer Safety Compact

Several of America’s major television news networks have joined a coalition of news organizations that have signed their names to a set of best practices for protecting freelance journalists who work for them. CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS are now official signatories to “Global Safety Principles and Practices,” a list of safety guidelines that specify, among other things, that news organizations treat freelancers the same way they would full-time staffers in cases of kidnap or injury.

Nets Discuss Safety Of Freelance Journalists

ABC, CNN and CBS news executives headed to NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters in New York to discuss the safety and well-being of freelance journalists who increasingly serve the network news divisions worldwide.