Tina Fey, Seth Meyers Back Amazon Warehouse Workers
Sign petition urging them to unionize
Tina Fey (Mr. Mayor), Seth Meyers (Late Night) and Damon Lindelof (Watchmen) were among almost 1,800 members of the Writers Guild of America East and West from A (Megan Abbott) to Z (William Zorzi) who signed a petition in solidarity with Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, who are attempting to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).
"We are the writers of feature films and television series. All of our work is done under union contracts whether it appears on Amazon Prime, a different streaming service, or a television network," reads the petition. "Unions protect workers with essential rights and benefits. Most importantly, a union gives employees a seat at the table to negotiate fair pay, scheduling and more workplace policies."
Fey, Meyers, and company urged the workers to vote yes.
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RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum took the opportunity of Fey's hosting of the Golden Globes Sunday night (Feb. 28) to thank her and other DGA members.
"Tina Fey will be hosting the Golden Globe Awards, but the RWDSU already thinks of her as a superstar of the labor movement. We want to thank her and the over 1,700 tv and film writers who are supporting the Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama in their fight to bring the first union to an Amazon warehouse.”
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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.