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EXTREMELY IMPORTANT WGA-CBS CONTRACT CAMPAIGN UPDATE: WGA-CBS Newswriter Membership To Vote on Strike Authorization
WGA-CBS 2002-2005 National Agreement covering newswriters, editors,
desk assistants/production assistants, graphic artists and researchers
in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles expired on April
Negotiations for a successor contract began Tuesday, March 15, 2005 and are continuing.
WGA Negotiating Committee approved by Council includes:
Bianco, Lois Pitter Bruce, Leon Colvin, Brett Galde, Lee Grossman, Gail
Lee, Michael Leslie, David Keller, Kathy Kiernan, Gerry Mazza, Bruce
Meyer, Matthew Nelko, Kate Miller, Diana Quinn, Emilio Sarullo, Allen
Schaefer, Duane Tollison, Martin Untrojb, Wayne Wolter
Vote to take place on Thursday, November 15, 2007.
The WGAE has publicly joined Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY) in calling for
the FCC to hold public notice on newsroom consolidation.
WGAE newswriters meet with congressional leaders to discuss news quality and key issues in stalled contract negotiations
The WGAE files a charge against CBS with the NLRB, stating the company
unilaterally changed terms and conditions of employment, and severely
and illegally limited access of union reps to the employees' facilities.
employees who are members of the Writers Guild of America, East and
West overwhelmingly rejected the latest contract proposal offered by
CBS. 99% of the voting WGA-CBS membership rejected the offer, which had
been described by the WGA-CBS Negotiating Committee as unacceptable.
The voting took place on November 27 and 28 in New York City, Los
Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Executive Director Ann Toback testified at the National Hispanic Media
Coalition hearing on Media Ownership held on Tuesday, September 19th in
Austin. FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein attended the Austin hearing
as part of the FCC's emphasis on media ownership and its impact on
of the Writers Guild of America, East were joined by members of 17
labor unions in a rally in front of the CBS Broadcast Center on
Tuesday, September 5th.
Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps met with CBS
employees who are members of the WGAE and WGAw on Thursday, August 31
in Los Angeles to discuss the state of news quality.
to CBS! We're glad you're here and excited to be working with you.
We're your colleagues, who are proud members of the Writers Guild of
America, East (WGAE). We are looking forward to working with you to
make CBS News #1 again. We're committed to giving the public the
highest quality news possible every day. We know we can succeed working
writers and producers at CBS have been without a contract since early
2005. At stake is no less than the safeguarding of journalistic
integrity. Ann Toback, Assistant Executive Director of the Writers
Guild of America, East, explains the issues behind the negotiations.
a colorful display of solidarity, WGAE members working at CBS News in
New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, wore red stickers yesterday to bring
attention to the fact that they've been working without a contract for
over a year.
contract negotiations between the Writers Guilds of America East and
west (WGAE and WGAw) and CBS have widened. Entertainment writers of all
genres have publicly taken up the cause of their newswriter colleagues.
The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) took their "Who Is Killing CBS News Quality?"
campaign to the streets as members protested and distributed literature
in front of New York City's Equitable Center where CBS Corporation was
holding its annual shareholders meeting.