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Producers at Peacock Productions win union bid

Three years after casting ballots, producers working for NBCUNiversal's reality production arm have won the right to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East.
September 22, 2016

Producers at Peacock Productions have voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE).

Ballots counted by The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) show the writers-producers “voted decisively” in favor of the move, ending the union’s four-year battle with NBCUniversal’s reality and non-fiction production arm.

The producers initially voted in June 2013, but NBCUniversal and Peacock filed an appeal, arguing that they did not have the right to unionize. The NLRB impounded the ballots until August when the board ruled that the 100 freelance producers had the right to unionize under federal law.

The producers originally filed a motion to unionize with the NLRB in October 2012.

“While NBC has been dragging its feet the past three years, nonfiction workers have won union elections at New York’s biggest production companies,” said David Van Taylor, a producer at Peacock Productions, in a statement. “We are transforming this industry. Now producers and APs at Peacock can join in the progress we’re making towards reasonable working conditions and sustainable careers.

“It’s clear the majority of creative professionals in this industry are behind us,” he added. “Peacock workers now expect to negotiate a contract that protects their rights, just as Writers Guild contracts have protected the rights of NBC’s fiction writers for years.”

A rep for NBCUiversal declined to comment.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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