ABC News N.Y., D.C. Union Members OK New Contract
May 11, 2010 at 4:35 AM (PT)
ABC NEWS employees represented by the WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA-EAST ratified their new contract with the network this week, voting by a 89%-11% margin to accept the three-year deal. Newswriters, editors, desk assistants, production assistants, graphic artists and researchers in national and local television and radio in NEW YORK and WASHINGTON are covered by the pact, which includes 2% raises each year, plus additional payments for some employees.
The WGAE gave ABC greater flexibility in work assignments in exchange for better job security protections.
"We are happy to have secured a contract for that provides our members with wage increases and innovative job protections and happy they have overwhelmingly ratified this contract," said WGAE Exec. Dir. LOWELL PETERSON. "Our members' ratification of this contract ensures that they will remain integral to ABC NEWS' success as the broadcast news business transforms in the coming years."
"News and information delivered with accuracy and perspective have never been more vital to the survival of our democracy. With that as an underlying principle, our negotiating committee worked diligently on behalf of their fellow members at ABC News," added WGAE Pres. MICHAEL WINSHIP. "Collaborating with our executive director LOWELL PETERSON and the GUILD EAST staff, their perseverance and knowledge achieved a contract that protects the membership, recognizes our ABC NEWS members' proven value and skills and upholds the principles of journalism that are so challenged in the current media landscape."