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Tuesday March 21, 2023

WNYW-TV Fox 5 New York Ratifies New Contract with WGA East

NEW YORK, NY (March 21, 2023) – Writer-producers at WNYW-TV Fox 5 New York, home to the top-rated “Good Day New York,” unanimously ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE).

The 52-member bargaining unit approved a four-year contract, which includes highlights like:

  • Minimum annual salary increases of 3% in the first year of the contract, and 2% increases in each of the following three years;
  • A fully-funded pension for all current and future employees;
  • News Associates will receive salary increases of between 26% to 36% in the first year of the contract; 
  • A $1 per-hour increase in the show producer/line producer fee.

The WNYW-TV Bargaining Committee said, “We are proud of the agreement we reached with management at WNYW to provide members with well-deserved economic gains and secure our retirement. It was a hard fought win to get the station to make the contributions necessary to fund our pensions, but by standing together we made sure that our contract continued to provide that essential benefit for all. Congratulations to everyone.”

Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East, said, “WGAE members at WNYW-TV fought hard to ensure that they received fair annual pay increases, and that their Guild pension benefits remained intact for themselves and future members of the union. This new four-year agreement is a tremendous victory, and a testament to the strength and solidarity of this bargaining unit.”

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO (WGAE) is a labor union representing writers in film, television, broadcast and streaming news, podcasts, and online media. The Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members; conducts programs, seminars and events on issues of interest to writers; and presents writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit


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