Writers Guild of America East wins recognition with MTV News
MTV has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) as the collective bargaining representative of the digital editorial staff at MTV News.
On February 3rd, the Writers Guild of America, East announced that it had the support of MTV News’ digital editorial staff for the purposes of collective bargaining. MTV News Unionizing Committee released a statementexplaining their decision to unionize, in which they stated that “There has never been a more critically important time in our lives to have the protections of a union, especially for those of us in media.”
“Unionizing with the WGAE gives the editorial employees at MTV News a strong voice on the job,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East. “We look forward to working closely with them to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement that addresses their concerns and helps them build sustainable careers.”
UNI General Secretary said: "With its organizing drive on new media platforms and productions, the WGA East has proven again and again that unions do matter in the digital economy. They establish a digital fair bargain for creators."