WGA East Blasts ITV America for Refusing to Negotiate ‘Union Security’

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by  on October 17, 2017.

The WGA East is accusing ITV America of employing the tactics of right-wing union-busters in the union’s ongoing attempts to get the company to negotiate a fair contract for writers/producers employed on reality TV shows such as Pawn StarsCounting Cars and Tiny House Nation. The guild says that the main roadblock to a deal is the company’s refusal to negotiate a contract that includes a “union security” clause that requires every member of the bargaining union to become a member of the guild.

The guild says that ITV opposes the union security clause “because it opposes the guild and it opposes unionization. This is the same reason a lot of far-right entities oppose union security through the so-called ‘right to work’ movement, which seeks to ban union security. They want to weaken unions, or to wipe us out altogether. The principal funders of the right to work movement are the prominent Trump/Pence backers Koch brothers. They follow in the footsteps of their father, Fred Koch, who was a leader of the right to work movement decades ago, and who also founded the rather lunatic hard-right organization, the John Birch Society.” …

Deadline Hollywood 10/17

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Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.

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