CBS, WGA resume deal talks

Both sides agreed to continue negotiating

Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and CBS have resumed their rocky course following a month’s suspension.

After meeting Thursday and Friday, both sides agreed to continue negotiating, but had not settled on a date.

During the two days of talks, negotiators discussed CBS’ proposal to exclude producers from guild coverage, which the guild has said would lead to the loss of as many as 50 jobs at WCBS-TV and KCBS/KCAL-TV. The bargaining also covered the net’s demand for an exemption from paying a “golden time” premium for employees who work 10 consecutive days.

“The committee was unconvinced that reducing members’ pay after they had worked for 10 straight days was the best way to improve the quality of the news product,” the guild said.

The current three-year contract expired April 2. The WGA has told members they should continue working, adding that terms and conditions of the pact will continue to apply. The contract covers news writers, editors, desk assistants/production assistants, graphic artists and researchers.

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