A group of more than 300 MSNBC employees are mounting a unionization drive with the Writers Guild of America East to represent writers, talent bookers, fact-checkers and others in editorial at NBCUniversal’s all-news cable network.
The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) has condemned President Donald Trump’s latest attack on journalists, which he has long called the enemies of the people and allied with his Democratic opponents to bring down his Administration. WGAE’s more than 4,700 members include staffers in broadcast TV, radio and digital news.
As people binge on documentaries during the pandemic, filmmakers are seeking help. The Writers Guild of America, East, is petitioning studios for relief.
The Writers Guild of America East says it has negotiated the first contract with CBSN, which the guild said marks the first anchored live streaming service to be unionized.
Writers and editors at Slate have voted nearly unanimously to green-light a strike, escalating tensions between the digital publication and its newly unionized employees. Slate’s editorial employees authorized the potential strike by a vote of 52 to 1, according to a spokesman for the Writers Guild of America – East, and are now weighing when they may walk off the job.
Vice Media employees producing video — some 300 of them — have unionized with the Writers Guild of America East and the Motion Picture Editors Guild, the unions said Thursday. The union will cover employees working for Vice.com, Viceland and Vice’s HBO programming.
“What is obscene is not what Colbert said but any attempt by the government to stifle dissent and creativity,” WGA East president Michael Winship and West president Howard Rodman say.
Following in the stead of a number of pureplay news organizations, a majority of MTV’s staffers are now looking for union representation of their own. Daniel Marans reports that more than 80% of 50 eligible employees have voted for the Writers Guild of America, East to represent them.
The first contract designed and negotiated for a digital media company, Gawker, is described by the Writers Guild of America as unique. The contract, approved Monday, says editorial decisions must be made strictly by editorial staff, sets a minimum annual salary of $50,000 and ensures 3% yearly raises for staff members this year and for the next two years.
The WGA East has asked the NonfictionAssociation to start contract talks for a deal that would cover work by writers and producers on reality TV shows. The move prompted a chilly response.
Writers from Saturday Night Live, Late Night, 30 Rock and a slew of other NBCUniversal shows sent a letter to NBCU President Steve Burke asking him to allow writers at the company’s Peacock Productions to unionize.
WGAE says it’s “deeply disappointed” that All My Children and One Life to Live will go dark, while AFTRA says it’s a “devastating loss” for its members.