It is not “Good Pay New York” at Fox 5 for section producers on the station’s well-liked early-morning present, staff informed the Each day Information.
Some behind-the-scenes staffers on the extremely rated “Good Day New York” are being requested to take a pay reduce of as much as $7,000 to settle a long-running contract dispute between the TV station and their union, the Writers Guild of America East.
The union represents roughly 50 workers on the Midtown TV station. The official titles are information writers and information assistants — however the staff fulfill a wide range of duties, together with producing segments for exhibits and dealing as affiliate and assigning producers, the union mentioned.
Traditionally, WNYW Fox 5 has paid workers additional hourly charges after they tackle the extra jobs.
Writers for the four a.m.-to-10 a.m. “Good Day New York” present earn an additional $three.25 an hour when additionally they act as section producers — which requires them to ebook expertise, write scripts, put together graphics, arrange blocking and extra.
The Writers Guild mentioned it has been in a six-year battle with Fox 5 to finalize a brand new contract for its 50 members.
The final one ran out in 2012 — that means no senior staffers have had a elevate since then.
Initially, Fox 5 needed the union to provide again a lot of the staff’ additional charges — extra per hour pay they acquired for working the night time shift, for instance, or lacking a meal to offer protection on the information station.
The Writers Guild efficiently talked Fox 5 away from these calls for — aside from its insistence that charges be reduce for all “Good Day New York” section producers.
“We have now given again different issues in our negotiations, issues which have impacted the section producers,” mentioned John Karalis, a store steward at WNYW and producer for the 6 p.m. Fox 5 information.
Karalis mentioned the employees gave up an hour on their in a single day shift differential pay and made “different important concessions” that touched all Writers Guild members.
“So it appears to me that section producers would bear the brunt of the cuts the station is proposing,” he mentioned, including the bargaining group has requested for under a “small elevate and (a) small improve to pension funds.”
A spokeswoman for Fox 5 mentioned its newest supply to all Writers Guild members contains assured wage will increase.
“WNYW has all the time negotiated in good religion with the union and can proceed to take action. The station has supplied a good, multiyear contract that features assured will increase in base pay for each worker within the unit, together with all of these working at ‘Good Day New York,’” the spokeswoman mentioned.
At present, information writers at Fox 5 earn a beginning pay of $650 per week — roughly $34,000 a 12 months.
However that rapidly progresses to $700 per week after six months, with frequent will increase as seniority builds. On the prime scale, staff with no less than seven years on the job earn $1,643 per week, Karalis mentioned.
The additional $three.25 an hour for performing as a section producer offers a big increase, mentioned Karalis, particularly within the lean early years.
“We don’t perceive why Fox, which has a lot cash, would get caught over these charges for a handful of workers every year,” mentioned Karalis. “The community might lose $50,000 by an accounting error and never even really feel it till an audit caught it.”
Though that additional payment is the final impediment to a brand new contract, the remainder of the Writers Guild staff are standing behind the section producers, mentioned Karalis.
They’ve even taken to carrying black T-shirts saying, “Fox Unions United” on the entrance and “Truthful Union Contracts Now” on the again to their workplace.
Fox Information is a core a part of billionaire Rubert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox media empire.
Murdoch simply inked a $52.four billion megadeal in December to promote massive elements of his leisure arm to Walt Disney — however the Fox broadcast community stays intact and attempting to increase.
Jeff Schioppa, lead Writers Guild negotiator, mentioned the union and staff have been baffled by Fox 5’s laborious line on section producers.
“It’s actually laborious for us to know why getting this contract carried out activates whether or not we conform to let the corporate slash the pay of people that work on a present that’s extraordinarily well-liked and does very effectively for the corporate,” he mentioned. “To chop the pay of those people by as much as $7,000 doesn’t make sense.”