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Union, Yes: Writer-Producers at Reality TV Production Company that Makes 'Swamp People' Vote to Join Writers Guild of America, East

Writers-Producers testify at New York City hearing about poor working conditions in the reality TV industry.

A majority of writer-producers at the New York-based nonfiction (reality) TV production company Original Media voted overwhelmingly to join the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board. The vote was 42 to 9.

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AFL-CIO's Gebre Urges ITV Studios to Negotiate a Fair Deal with Reality TV Producers

AFL-CIO's Gebre Urges ITV Studios to Negotiate a Fair Deal with Reality TV Producers

It's been more than three years since producers and associate producers who write reality TV shows for the British-owned mega-corporation ITV Studios voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), but no progress has been made on contract negotiations that would offer health care and other basic benefits to freelance producers. 

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Tell Cesar Millan to Be the 'Pack Leader' and Stick Up for Producers Denied Overtime at ITV Studios

Photo, via Millan Foundation, Flickr

ITV Studios, the company that produces Cesar Millan’s new show "Cesar 911" for Nat Geo Wild, this week reported that in 2013 they posted a 27% increase in profits. ITV Studios says it expects to continue raking in more profits in 2014.  

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Sutter Nurses, Sports Broadcasters and More Join AFL-CIO Unions


Nurses at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus in San Francisco officially had their voices heard—and recognized—when the National Labor Relations Board certified their December vote to join California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU).

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NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

Peacock Productions workers are heading to NBC's headquarters, "30 Rock," this week to deliver petitions to MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O'Donnell, asking them to meet with the workers and stand with the workers who are seeking union representation on the job. 

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Time to Vote Wage Theft Off the Island

Photo by Out.of.Focus/Flickr

Here’s a reality the television networks aren’t likely to green-light for a prime-time slot like “Pawn Stars,” “Doomsday Preppers,” “The First 48,” or any other of the ubiquitous reality shows that fill up so much of today’s TV schedule. The writers and producers of many of these shows are plagued by long hours, misclassification and stolen wages that, according to a new survey, cost some $40 million a year industry-wide or about $30,000 a worker.     

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Ask Rachel Maddow to Join Writers Guild Thunderclap for Justice

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Producers and associate producers for Peacock Productions—which is owned by NBC and creates nonfiction and reality programming for MSNBC, NBC, CNBC and other networks—have been trying to organize for a voice on the job with the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) for more than a year but are being opposed by Peacock Productions.

Click here to support Peacock Productions workers and join their Thunderclap now!

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New Video Series: Unions Make the Middle Class

After 45 years of driving a cab in New York City, Beresford Simmons says the emergence of the National Taxi Workers Alliance in the past few years is helping his family and those of other drivers reach the middle class.

Simmons’ story is one of three illustrating that unions make the middle class strong, giving workers a voice in our economy, portrayed in a trio of new videos by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.


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Salon: Can Unions Save the Creative Class?

Artists are finding it harder and harder to get it time for them to strap on a hard hat and form unions? Salon writer Scott Timberg asks this question in his new article, Can Unions Save the Creative Class? This article is part of a Salon series brought to you by the AFL-CIO.

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