Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 4:36am
TOP MODEL TAKES STRIKERS OFF PAYROLL
[SOURCE: Broadcasting&Cable, AUTHOR: Jim Benson]
The WGAW Monday filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), alleging the showâ€™s producers unlawfully eliminated the jobs of the 12 â€œwritersâ€ in retaliation for their decision to go on strike last July to demand union representation. Responding to the complaint, Top Model Executive Producer Ken Mok said in a statement issued by The CW Tuesday, "When our story producers walked off the job, we exercised our right to sustain production during the strike. In the process, we were able to create a new system utilizing IATSE editors that has not only maintained the quality of our episodes, but at the same time has improved the efficiency of our post-production operation.â€ This latest labor strife, which some fear could be a preview of things to come if there is an industry-wide strike in 2007-08, has the WGAW seeking to have the NLRB issue an order reinstating the strikers, as well as providing them with compensation for lost wages.
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