Archive for July, 2012
In contracts negotiated by WGAE, Lion Television and Optomen Productions become the first nonfiction TV production companies to offer writer-producers company-paid health benefits, paid time off, and compensation minimums. The deals culminate year-long collective bargaining.
In first-of-their-kind agreements for the non-fiction television industry, the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) has negotiated collective bargaining agreements with two major reality and documentary television production companies, Lion Television and Optomen Productions. The contracts secured after more than a year of negotiations between representatives at Lion, Optomen and WGAE are effective immediately. Over the terms of the agreements, potentially hundreds of employees at these two production companies for the first time will receive:
- Company-paid health benefits, with 90% of the premium paid by the employer;
- Paid time off;
- Grievance and arbitration provisions;
- Compensation minimums
“We are very pleased to have reached agreement with Lion and Optomen,” said WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson. “This is a part of the television industry that has historically been non-union, and these agreements demonstrate that people who join with the WGAE get, not just a community of creative professionals, but tangible improvements in their working conditions.”
The WGAE Non-Fiction Writers and Producers United campaign is an effort by hundreds of creative professionals in non-fiction TV to win the benefits, pay and respect they deserve. In the last year and a half, the WGAE has won union elections at four major production companies to begin the collective bargaining process. The Guild is still in negotiations with Atlas Media and will begin negotiating with ITV Studios once the National Labor Relations Board resolves the remaining appeal. The campaign is also actively working to see that labor law is followed, and overtime is paid.
by Timothy Cooper
- A sharp infield (Stu, Kevin, Jo, Shannon, Dave, Emmitt, Sharon) prevented virtually anything exciting from happening.
- Our outfield of Marni, Sam, Alan, Erik, Scott, and Julie didn’t liven things up much with their consistency.
- Doug and Zayd again proved that we have some of the best pitchers on all four remaining teams of our division.
- We batted all the way around in the fifth, scoring 6 and solidifying Thomson Reuters’ unhappy Monday night.
- We did some great hitting to their center and right fields. Plus, way to make their shortstop and first basewoman (a losing combo) work!
- They didn’t score from the top of the fourth onward. We held them to only 2 runs total, exploiting various holes in their game, such as their offense and defense.
- There was some tension in the sixth when nothing happened, as well as in the seventh, which was dull.
- Our full gallery of males somehow all got to bat, and I believe everyone of every gender got on base at least once.
There was no third-act twist, no denouement, no shocking reveal. We just won. Seriously, people, let’s get it together and make things more interesting than we have while winning the last–what is it, five games in a row (including forfeits, which totally count)? Other highlights:
- As most observers slumbered, Emmitt advanced mucho players in the second to get things started.
- With a yawn, Erik was consistently under the ball.
- Marni stultifyingly slapped in 2 RBIs in the fifth.
- Stu and Kevin didn’t let anything past them at short. Duh.
- Susan and Jason, zzzz, allowed us to bat 12.
- Newish oldcomers like Scott, Sharon, and Jason took care of business, exactly as expected.
We eventually won 10-2. It was quite the nail-saver.
One more regular-season game remains (July 30); however, we will likely have batting/fielding practice at the usual field this Monday, July 16, at 7 p.m. See the upcoming Evite. (I will be out of town, but all should participate, since we have a permit for the field.)
We are certainly tops in our division, though our position in the playoffs is never guaranteed due to the illogic of this league’s tragic system. All we can do is keep winning. Boringly. Which is how we do things around here.
Final assessment: Snoozefest of Champions.
Your faithful manager,
P.S. Sam has an excellent show coming up of amazing songs he wrote: the fourth annual Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza. It’s happening on the Monday of our bye week, July 23. You can watch previews of, find more information about, and buy tickets for the show here: http://www.candgbarelylegal.com/. Be there — I definitely will be.