NLRB: ITV Studios Producer Wrongfully Terminated For Supporting WGAE

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a formal complaint against ITV Studios, the company behind such TV series as The First 48 and Four Weddings, charging that it wrongfully terminated a longtime producer for his support of the WGA East’s efforts to organize its employees. A hearing on the matter is expected sometime in July. “We are pleased the NLRB is pursuing this case. No one should be fired for supporting a union and seeking a voice on the job,” WGAE executive director Lowell Peterson said. “While the NLRB’s decision is good news, ITV continues to ignore its employees’ vote for guild representation. We urge ITV to reinstate the employee and to come to the bargaining table so we can negotiate a fair and equitable contract for all the employees who do the work that makes the company successful.” Employees at ITV Studios voted in December to join the WGAE as part of the union’s push to organize nonfiction TV writers; the vote, involving about 80 writers, has yet to be certified. The NLRB conducted a three-month investigation before filing its complaint. The board previously sided with the union in cases against Atlas Media (Biography) and Lion Television (Cash Cab).

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