by James Parks
Non-fiction writers and producers at Atlas Media and ITV Studios recently voted in favor of WGAE representation. Organizing writers and producers for production companies can be a difficult endeavor due to many of the jobs being freelance or temporary.
WGA-East Executive Director Lowell Peterson spoke with the Workers Independent News (WIN) to explain how such organizing drives are unique: "In this case people are temporary at particular shops, but tend to stay in the industry, so communicating with them isn’t as difficult as it would be in some other industries."
" When we’ve done these NLRB elections we’ve won the right to have people that are not currently employed at the shop vote in the election. If you’ve worked at the shop for a certain number of weeks, sometimes a lot of weeks, prior to the election you’re eligible to vote. That’s a recognition that some people do cycle through and you might work for an ITV in January, not work for them for six months and than work for them again."