Guild says web has rejected much of its offers

Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and CBS have resumed their rocky course following a six-week suspension.

Both sides met Monday at WGA East headquarters in Gotham on issues of payroll, vacation scheduling, staff meetings, minimum call and two-week protection for temporary employee schedules.

The guild reported it had put three packaged offers on the table, adding that CBS responded by rejecting two of the three packages and countering one package. The WGA said CBS then reviewed and rejected nearly all of the guild’s demands while moving “very little” on its own proposals.

Talks will continue Wednesday. The guild plans to hold a members’ rally today in front of the CBS Broadcast Center at 524 W. 57th St.

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 about 500 news writers, editors, desk assistants/production assistants, graphic artists and researchers. The stations covered include WCBS-TV, WBBM-AM, KNX-AM, KFWB-AM, KCAL-TV and KCBS-TV.

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