The Writers Guild of America West plans to continue its organizing campaign at Nickelodeon with a California State Assembly member agreeing to oversee an election today on the question of unionizing.
The guild announced that Assemblyman Paul Koretz (D-West Hollywood) will conduct the secret ballot election today in front of Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank. Koretz has invited Nick prexy Albie Hecht to participate in the election but has not received a response.
The WGAW said it has agreed to abide by the results, which will be tabulated by Sequoia Voting Systems and announced by Koretz after the polling place closes at noon.
Nick issued a statement dismissing the event. “It is unfortunate that the WGA West is using misleading tactics in an attempt to circumvent the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board), which has this issue under review,” it said. “This election is neither valid nor binding and in fact (is) just another publicity stunt being staged by the WGA West.”
Nick has refused to grant WGA contract coverage for “Invader Zim,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Jimmy Neutron,” “Hey Arnold,” “Fairly Odd Parents” and “Constant Payne.” The guild has filed three unfair labor practice complaints with the NLRB stemming from allegations of illegal reduction of benefits, restriction of bulletin board postings and requiring employees to provide statements to the board.
The WGAW also announced its board has selected Jeff Melvoin to serve on the board of directors to fill out the unexpired term for Charles Holland, who was elected VP last month. Melvoin drew the largest number of votes of the eight candidates not elected to the board.