Web Writers At CBS Chicago Join Union
August 30, 2010 at 4:30 AM (PT)
The WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA EAST has added four Web-only content writers and producers at CBS' CHICAGO news operation to its bargaining unit, the union's first Web-only members. The four voted to join the union on FRIDAY (8/27). The writer/producers will be generating content for the upcoming joint website for CBS O&O WBBM-TV (CBS 2), News WBBM-A, and Sports WSCR-A (670 THE SCORE)/CHICAGO.
“This victory for web writers demonstrates that even in the digital age writers want the strength union representation provides. The news industry is shifting to digital platforms and their decision to join us helps ensure that writing and producing news continues to be a good job into the 21st Century,” said WGAE Exec. Dir. LOWELL PETERSON.
WBBM web writer MICHAEL RAMSEY said, “We voted to join the GUILD because we want the stability and voice on the job that a union provides. We are proud to be the first web news writers and web producers to join the GUILD, but I’m sure we won’t be the last. Web writers and producers may work in a different medium than the writers the GUILD traditionally represents, but our needs are essentially the same. WBBM previously indicated they would negotiate with us in good faith if we chose to organize, and we are looking forward to sitting down with management to negotiate an initial contract.”