WGA West organizes Nick picket

Guild claims studio refuses to negotiate, uses delaying tactics

The Writers Guild of America West, stepping up its efforts to organize Nickelodeon Studios, plans to stage a demonstration Thursday at the Burbank, Calif., facility.

The 11:45 a.m. event comes several months after the WGAW launched an organizing drive at Nickelodeon for “Invader Zim,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Jimmy Neutron,” “Hey Arnold,” “Fairly Odd Parents” and “Constant Payne.”

The Guild has announced it had signed a majority of scribes on the shows and accused Nick of refusing to negotiate and using delaying tactics. It has warned that refusal to grant signatory status to the shows could ultimately lead to a walkout by the writers.

Nick has responded by challenging the validity of the authorization cards in a filing with the National Labor Relations Board while the WGAW has filed two complaints of unfair labor practices against Nick with the NLRB.

WGA officials have said key goals for the Nick writers are residual payments, WGA pension and health contributions and compensation if a show becomes the basis of a feature film.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Biz News from Variety

Loading