NBC and Peacock showrunners and others are urging MSNBC staffers to vote yes on a secret ballot on unionizing with the Writers Guild of America East.
That came in a petition in support of the staffers who organized for WGAE representation and asking all staffers to vote "yes."
“We work in scripted television and film, including many projects produced by NBCUniversal,” the petition read. “Through our union membership we have been able to negotiate fair compensation, excellent benefits, and basic fairness at work—all of which are enshrined in our union contract. We are ready to support you in your effort to do the same. We‘re all in this together.”
Among those signing on to the petition were Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (Mr. Mayor, 30 Rock), Warren Leight and Julie Martin (Law & Order: SVU), and writers for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) and the veritable host of others.
WGAE and MSNBC have agreed on a mail-in ballot election covering about 300 staffers, including writers, producers, bookers and other editorial staff for every program on the news net, as well as The Choice on Peacock.
Ballots were being mailed Tuesday, July 20 and are due Aug. 17.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.