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WGA ratifies deal for CBS employees

CBS news employees repped by the WGA have ratified a new three-year deal with the network with 98% backing.

Ratification of the pact, which covers about 500 employees, officially ends a battle waged for three years. The previous contract expired in April 2005.

The guild and CBS reached a tentative deal two weeks ago – two months after the CBS News employees repped by the guild gave the WGA a strike authorization with 81% support. The prospect of a picket by the network employees prompted the Democratic National Committee to cancel a presidential debate that had been set for last month in Los Angeles for broadcast on CBS.

The WGA has said the two key issues requiring resolution: CBS had to drop its demand to create a two-tiered work force that would have provided lower salary increases for local radio employees and back off its demand for the right to assign current WGA responsibilities at KNX Radio to non-WGA employees.

The contract goes into effect immediately and covers newswriters, editors, news desk associates, production assistants, graphic artists, promotion writers, and researchers working in television and radio on the national and local levels in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. The vote was conducted at special meetings held in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles earlier this week.

Terms call for a 3.5% raise immediately and again one year from now. In addition, most regularly scheduled employees who worked 200 days or more in 2007 and did not receive wage increases during the negotiations time frame will receive an additional $3,700 payment. Employees who worked shorter schedules will receive pro-rated payments.

The contract runs through April 1, 2010.

"This very difficult to achieve contract is the product of a long mobilization effort by the Guilds’ members working at CBS," said Mona Mangan, exec director of the WGA East. "This strong vote of approval signals their commitment to a contract that is free of the rollbacks that members so strongly opposed. Our members look forward to a renewed commitment to quality news during an exciting presidential election year."

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Headline, Industry News

WGA ratifies deal for CBS employees

CBS news employees repped by the WGA have ratified a new three-year deal with the network with 98% backing.

Ratification of the pact, which covers about 500 employees, officially ends a battle waged for three years. The previous contract expired in April 2005.

The guild and CBS reached a tentative deal two weeks ago – two months after the CBS News employees repped by the guild gave the WGA a strike authorization with 81% support. The prospect of a picket by the network employees prompted the Democratic National Committee to cancel a presidential debate that had been set for last month in Los Angeles for broadcast on CBS.

The WGA has said the two key issues requiring resolution: CBS had to drop its demand to create a two-tiered work force that would have provided lower salary increases for local radio employees and back off its demand for the right to assign current WGA responsibilities at KNX Radio to non-WGA employees.

The contract goes into effect immediately and covers newswriters, editors, news desk associates, production assistants, graphic artists, promotion writers, and researchers working in television and radio on the national and local levels in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. The vote was conducted at special meetings held in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles earlier this week.

Terms call for a 3.5% raise immediately and again one year from now. In addition, most regularly scheduled employees who worked 200 days or more in 2007 and did not receive wage increases during the negotiations time frame will receive an additional $3,700 payment. Employees who worked shorter schedules will receive pro-rated payments.

The contract runs through April 1, 2010.

"This very difficult to achieve contract is the product of a long mobilization effort by the Guilds’ members working at CBS," said Mona Mangan, exec director of the WGA East. "This strong vote of approval signals their commitment to a contract that is free of the rollbacks that members so strongly opposed. Our members look forward to a renewed commitment to quality news during an exciting presidential election year."

<font size=1>Source: Hollywood Reporter</font>

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WGA ratifies deal for CBS employees

CBS news employees repped by the WGA have ratified a new three-year deal with the network with 98% backing.

Ratification of the pact, which covers about 500 employees, officially ends a battle waged for three years. The previous contract expired in April 2005.

The guild and CBS reached a tentative deal two weeks ago – two months after the CBS News employees repped by the guild gave the WGA a strike authorization with 81% support. The prospect of a picket by the network employees prompted the Democratic National Committee to cancel a presidential debate that had been set for last month in Los Angeles for broadcast on CBS.

The WGA has said the two key issues requiring resolution: CBS had to drop its demand to create a two-tiered work force that would have provided lower salary increases for local radio employees and back off its demand for the right to assign current WGA responsibilities at KNX Radio to non-WGA employees.

The contract goes into effect immediately and covers newswriters, editors, news desk associates, production assistants, graphic artists, promotion writers, and researchers working in television and radio on the national and local levels in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. The vote was conducted at special meetings held in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles earlier this week.

Terms call for a 3.5% raise immediately and again one year from now. In addition, most regularly scheduled employees who worked 200 days or more in 2007 and did not receive wage increases during the negotiations time frame will receive an additional $3,700 payment. Employees who worked shorter schedules will receive pro-rated payments.

The contract runs through April 1, 2010.

"This very difficult to achieve contract is the product of a long mobilization effort by the Guilds’ members working at CBS," said Mona Mangan, exec director of the WGA East. "This strong vote of approval signals their commitment to a contract that is free of the rollbacks that members so strongly opposed. Our members look forward to a renewed commitment to quality news during an exciting presidential election year."

<font size=1>Source: Hollywood Reporter</font>

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