CBS Web writer-producers get first guild contract
The Writers Guild of America, West has signed its first contract covering news writing and promotions for the Internet.
This week about 15 Web writer-producers working in television and radio news and promotions at CBS studios in the Los Angeles area ratified their first-ever contract with CBS, the guild said in a statement.
The three-year agreement includes increases in minimum wages and establishes grievance procedures and paid vacations as well as health and pension benefits.
"We are proud to represent these talented professionals who write news, promotions, and create special projects for new media at CBS,'' WGA, West representative Lynda Whittaker said in a statement. "They showed perseverance and guts in their fight for justice and respect."
The ratification comes nearly two years after the writer-producers unanimously voted to be represented by the guild in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. The guild already has a contract covering other writers who work at CBS in Los Angeles.
-- Richard Verrier