Ziwe, Desus Nice, The Kid Mero, Lilly Wachowski and other members of the Writers Guild of America East working on Showtime titles are calling on Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc to land a “fair and equal” contract with the company. group. Vice’s new contract, which is currently in the final days of scheduled negotiations, will merge four previously separate WGA East contracts and will include cast members who worked on Vice’s series on Showtime.
The letter, signed by more than 40 union members on shows like Billion, City on the hill and In process and sent to the CEO on Wednesday, told Dubuc, “We urge the VICE leadership to quickly reach a fair and equitable collective bargaining agreement with VICE Union that builds on the agreements existing contracts and demonstrate the company’s commitment to being a progressive leader in industry communications.” Other signatories of the letter include In process‘Amanda Blake Davis and Samantha Irby, Ziweby Cole Escola, City on the hillTom Fontana and Desus & Meroby Josh Gondelman.
It adds, “We are proud that VICE is now on Showtime and believe the series is a great extension of the VICE brand. Throughout the pandemic and before, VICE workers have demonstrated a genuine commitment to their work and the brand they have built. ”
Vice Media’s talks with WGA East are scheduled to end on Monday, December 6, and the two sides are said to remain at odds on key issues. In a statement, Vice Media Group said, “Since 2015, VICE Media Group has long had an active partnership with its union employees. As VMG was one of the first digital publishing brands to partner with the union, we continue to have a fruitful working relationship with the WGA. While we will not comment on ongoing negotiations, we remain committed to making progress on a new deal even if it requires additional days of negotiations.”
In a statement about the letter, WGA East chief executive Lowell Peterson said that Vice members “are still fighting for a collective bargaining agreement that includes a reasonable minimum wage, inheritance protections, and inheritance rights.” , DEI funding, mental health support and work-from-home reimbursement. ” He added, “It is time for VICE to agree to a fair and equitable contract that builds on their previous contracts and fosters a work environment that allows employees to produce winning content. awards across the company’s television and digital operations.”
On Wednesday, Deputy Alliance and WGA East Council member, Sara David tweeted that management would not determine working hours or offer a raise of more than 2 percent. Last month, Vice Union’s Twitter account declare that an employer objected to union wage proposals that were slow to come in. Contract negotiations began in October.
In previous rounds of negotiations, WGA East – on behalf of Vice’s more than 320 employees – negotiated separate contracts for four verticals at the company: Vice Editorial, Viceland, Vice News and Vice Digital. Viceland, Vice News and Vice Digital ratified their first collective bargaining agreements in 2019, while Vice Editorial had one ratified since 2016.
In August, 17 employees at Vice Digital and Vice Media owned by Refinery 29 were fired in what the company’s unions called a “crazy annual ritual” at the company. Last month, the company announced plans to focus more efforts on video and photo stories, while reducing production of written stories.