Seth Meyers, Ilana Glazer, Robert Carlock, Amber Ruffin and 600+ WGAE film and television writers petition G/O Media in support of the Onion Inc Union
NEW YORK AND CHICAGO (December 21, 2020) — More than 600 film and television writers signed a petition to support fellow Writers Guild of America, East members at Onion, Inc – which is composed of The Onion, The A.V. Club, The Takeout, Onion Labs, and Onion Inc.’s video and art departments, and Deadspin – whose contract with G/O Media expires at the end of the year.
Onion, Inc’s union account tweeted the petition out today at noon.
As our expiration date approaches and the bargaining sessions run late into the night, this incredible show of support from our comrades in the Writer’s Guild gives us a much-needed energy boost! Thank you so much!https://t.co/2L16mcsbej
— Onion Inc Union (@OnionIncUnion) December 21, 2020
The petition is signed by Seth Meyers (LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS; DOCUMENTARY NOW!), Ilana Glazer (BROAD CITY), Robert Carlock (30 ROCK; UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT; GIRLS5EVA), and Amber Ruffin (LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS; THE AMBER RUFFIN SHOW), and reads,
As members of the Writers Guild of America, East, we stand with our fellow members at The Onion, Deadspin, The A.V. Club, and The Takeout as they bargain their contract, which expires December 31, 2020.
As union members working in the film and television industry, we have seen time and again how solidarity wins real gains for working people, and we support our fellow members at The Onion brands as they work to build on the strong provisions in their existing contract.
As they show their commitment to their co-workers, their work, and to the brands that they have built and love, we stand with them in solidarity.
The petition is also signed by Lewis Black (THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL; THE DAILY SHOW; BACK IN BLACK), Franchesca Ramsey (THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE; MTV DECODED), Aparna Nancherla (LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS; TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL; MYTHIC QUEST), David Mandel (VEEP; SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE; SEINFELD; CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM), Michael Arndt (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE; TOY STORY 3; STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS), Chris Gethard (THE CHRIS GETHARD SHOW), Tavi Gevinson (HARRIET THE SPY), Natasha Lyonne (RUSSIAN DOLL), Stephen Schiff (THE AMERICANS), David Simon (THE WIRE; THE DEUCE), Tracey Wigfield (30 ROCK; THE MINDY PROJECT; GREAT NEWS), andWGAE President Beau Willimon (HOUSE OF CARDS; THE IDES OF MARCH; JACK JOHNSON; THE FIRST).
Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, said, “WGA East members know how important it is to stand together, to negotiate contracts that improve conditions, protect hard-fought gains, and enable writers to build careers. This petition demonstrates the solidarity of all Guild members, regardless of genre or sector.”
The Writers Guild of America, East represents nearly 7,000 members working in film, television and news (broadcast and digital).