Amadeusz Juskowiak

Writers guild of america strikes two networks

The Writers Guild of America said its members have struck the news staffs of CBS Inc CBS and Capital CitiesABC Inc CCB this morning after negotiations for a new contract broke down

The guild said there had been extensions prior to the strike deadline this morning but said the strike was called after the companies refused to negotiate

The guild said the companies failed to put a final offer on the table made no money offer at all and did not deviate substantially from their original proposals which the guild said would have gutted the union contract

The guild said the networks demanded the right to terminate employees at will and lay them off without the arbitration and the hiring of temporary employees to replace staffer employees

The guild represents newswriters editors desk assistants researchers production assistants promotion writers and graphic artists

The strike affects unions in New York Chicago Washington and Los Angeles Picketing will commence at corporate headquarters in New York and other locations the guild said

Reuter