Some 100 writers, producers, associate producers and researchers at Lion Television voted this week to join the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). This is the third victory for WGAE in its recently launched effort to help workers in nonfiction TV programming form a union. These new union members produce shows such as “Cash Cab” for Discovery Network, “Megadrive” for MTV and “History Detectives” and “America Revealed” for PBS.
The workers voted for WGAE despite a long, aggressive anti-union campaign by the company. Employees said they wanted to become union members to gain benefits like health care, pension, improved compensation and reasonable working hours. continue reading

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