Employees voted 36-1 for union representation on CW show

The Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has won a federally supervised election to represent about 60 employees at the CW’s “America’s Next Top Model.”

IATSE announced Monday that employees had voted 36-1 to be repped by the union in an election conducted by the Natl. Labor Relations Board.

New pact covers camera, grip, electric, sound, props, hair/makeup and warbrobe. IATSE Local 700 already has a contract in place for the editors on the show, and Teamsters Local 399 recently organized the location scouts and drivers.

The election represents another setback for efforts by the Writers Guild of America West to organize the show, which was struck by the skein’s 12 writers in July over the producers‘ refusal to grant jurisdiction to the WGA. The guild filed unfair labor practice charges against Anisa Prods. with the NLRB a month ago, alleging that producers unlawfully eliminated the jobs of the writers in retaliation for their decision to go on strike in July.

“Top Model” exec producer Ken Mok has asserted that once the writers struck, he created a new system utilizing IATSE editors. “As a result, we decided to move ahead in production with this new system in place, which puts our material directly in the hands of our editors without the intermediate step of story producers,” he said last month.

The WGA has asserted that Anisa has violated federal labor laws by “terminating, eliminating the positions of and/or refusing to reinstate” the writers. The complaint asks the NLRB for an order reinstating the strikers, along with compensation for lost wages.

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