Negotiations for a new WGA East contract covering segment producers at WNYW Fox 5′s Good Day New York have been open for two years now. The previous Collective Bargaining Agreement ran from 2008 to May 2012.
This week, frustrated segment producers delivered a petition to management urging WNYW to resolve this situation. The petition, featuring 41 signatures, was emailed to Fox Local Station Group CEO Jack Abernethy and CFO Betsy Swanson, and personally handed to WNYW assistant news director Emad Asghar. Here’s how it, powerfully, begins:
Our last raise was in 2011. Inflation has increased significantly since then and the cost of living and working in New York City has increased even more.
At the same time, the company has realized cost savings by shutting down the WWOR evening news program and then eliminating the WNYW investigative unit. Similarly, our productivity has increased as we have taken on new duties.