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Race to the Top

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the Writers Guild of America, East, Protest Reality-Show Production Companies and Urge Them to Join the "Race to the Top" by Providing Health Benefits for Their Writers and Producers

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joins employees and their union, the Writers Guild of America, East, on Fri., April 27 at 10:00 a.m. as they call on Atlas Media, a major reality-television production company, to join the "Race to the Top" and to provide health care for its employees.

Writers and producers will gather outside of Atlas's offices and stage an actual race along West 36th Street to demand that the company not settle for "last place" when it comes to employee health benefits.

Atlas, which has reality series on several major cable channels such as Discovery and Travel Channel, is one of the production companies that is a focus of the “Non-Fiction Writers & Producers United” campaign by writers and producers to provide health benefits to a part of the industry long considered to be the “sweatshop” of the writing business. 

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  • WHAT: “Race to the Top” protest by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the Writers Guild of America, East of reality production company Atlas Media for refusal to provide employee health benefits.
  • WHEN: Friday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.
  • WHERE: 242 West 36th Street, Atlas Media HQ
  • WHO: Non-Fiction TV Writers and Producers and Members of the Writers Guild of America East, and Richard Trumka, President of AFL-CIO.