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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.

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