Richard Trumka Prez of the AFL-CIO Joins the 99 Pickets!!!
"These writers and producers are doing what workers have always done. They’re doing a great job in the TV industry, and now they’re joining together in a union to turn these jobs into great jobs with health care. I’m proud to stand with them," Richard Trumka said.“If you consider a workplace fraught with violations of wage and hour laws, long hours, unfair pay and zero benefits to be a sweatshop, then any number of television production companies in New York City fit that bill,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director, Writers Guild of America, East. “Nonfiction is almost entirely non-union, but it will change as the WGAE continues to organize and bargain on behalf of writers and producers in this part of the industry. Creative professionals understand the importance of banding together to make their work lives better.”
Justice for Jazz Artists
On May Day, at 8pm we’re fighting for a pension and fair wages for jazz musicians in NYC’s most famous clubs. Older jazz musicians are living in poverty while jazz club owners are getting rich… yet they refuse to contribute to pensions that would let musicians retire with dignity.
Meet under the arch in Washington Square Park. We’ll march from there to the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note — with a jazz band leading the way — and conduct demonstrations outside the clubs. Musicians — bring your instruments!
Workers from Flex n’ Gate in front of the NFL Draft Store picketing owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars Shahid Kahn’s abuses of workers, immigrants and the environment. #99pkts
Writers Guild East Picket Line! AFL-CIO President to walk two of the 99 picket lines this week!
Friday Morning! Join AFL-CIO President Trumka in a Race to the Top
Writers and producers in nonfiction basic cable TV work long hours for low pay and no benefits. Hundreds of these employees have asked the Writers Guild of America, East to represent them. AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka will join WGAE officers and activists to urge one of the production companies to provide health benefits – to abandon the race to the bottom on wages and benefits, and instead to join the race to the top.
When: 10am - 11am on Friday, April 27
Where: In front of the offices of Atlas Media at 242 W. 36th Street (between 7th and 8th Ave.)