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Lowell Peterson is the Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East.

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Collective Bargaining in the Digital Workplace

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 3:53 PM

The digital workplace can be organized. The editorial staff at Gawker Media has voted overwhelmingly to join with the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO, to bargain collectively with their employer. We will begin contract negotiations shortly.

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No Way to Make a Career

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:37 AM

It's a story familiar to many Americans. You want to do work that is interesting and creative, that makes use of your talents and ambition. You immerse yourself in learning the skills and with luck and contacts and hard work you find your first gig, which leads to the second,...

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Watching Cable TV... Online

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 12:35 PM

The tentative deal under which Sony will stream some of Viacom's cable channels online demonstrates that regulators -- for example, the Federal Communications Commission -- need to rethink their approach to cable television. It suggests that efforts to require the cable companies to offer stations a la carte, an idea...

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Organizing for Leverage

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 4:18 PM

To prepare for the AFL-CIO convention in early September, the federation's leadership has created an array of committees, online forums, listening sessions and other important efforts to engage millions of American union members in a process of thinking about the future of organized labor. Why? Because decades of corporate attacks...

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There Are No Cord-Cutters

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Television industry analysts warn about "cord-cutters" -- viewers who forsake cable TV subscriptions and instead watch the shows they love online. Although in absolute numbers these digital rebels are not yet a major force, they are young trendsetters who threaten to disrupt the entire cable model in which...

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The Internet Is Not Free

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 3:35 PM

In my union, the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO, we pay close attention to the related issues of "Internet neutrality" -- that is, the concept that powerful private and public entities should not restrict people's ability to distribute and receive information and programs via the world wide digital distribution...

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Labor's Story Retold

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 1:34 PM

Lame duck Republicans in Michigan have rewritten a chapter of that state's long and proud labor history, ramming through a "right to work" law that will force unions to represent people who do not pay dues. The transparent goal is to deprive organized labor of resources and to...

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Telling Labor's Story

(7) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 7:18 PM

Like so many things in life, politics is about narrative. About which organization, or candidate, or policy offers the most compelling story. As I see it, the labor movement is trapped inside three tiresome story lines.

There's the sentimental favorite, which many activists (including me) like to tell ourselves: Unions...

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Unions Make Health Care Affordable

(7) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 4:23 PM

Lost in the scrum surrounding the Supreme Court's review of the health coverage mandate in the Affordable Health Care Act (a mandate which, it should be noted, was first proposed by conservatives as an alternative to anything that might resemble government-provided universal coverage) is a discussion of how...

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Don't Tread on Me -- Again. American Scripted Reality Writers Deserve Same Rights as Their British Counterparts

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 5:30 PM

For over a year, the Writers Guild of America East has been working to unionize those considered the "sweatshop workers" of the television writing profession -- the writers and producers of scripted reality television shows. On the East Coast, many of the best known shows are produced by a handful...

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Why Fanboys/Girls Want Net Neutrality

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 3:01 PM

The WGAE represents content creators - people who write programs for the internet and other digital distribution systems (e.g., to mobile devices). We have argued in favor of Net Neutrality because our members want the opportunity to reach audiences directly, without major studios and other large corporations deciding...

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Verizon and Google: The Deal of the Titans

(20) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 2:00 PM

The world's biggest media companies want to define how people will get content over the Internet. Money talks; independent content creators: take a walk. A mega-deal is reportedly in the works in which Verizon will favor Internet content from Google because Google has the spare cash to pay...

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Media Consolidation: Bad for Democracy and Not Even Entertaining

(8) Comments | Posted July 9, 2010 | 3:11 PM

What happens when the media are owned or controlled by a diminishing number of large corporations? The Federal Communications Commission requested comments on that question as part of its quadrennial review of its media consolidation rules. You can read our submitted comments here.

The members of...

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Will Your ISP Become Your TV? The Comcast NBCU Merger

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 6:53 PM

Comcast and NBCU's report filed with the FCC, "The Comcast/NBCU Transaction and Online Video Distribution" fails to acknowledge one of the central concerns raised by critics of the merger: One company will own the sole pipeline that millions of people will rely upon for access to all content...

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Why We Care About Comedy

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 4:53 PM

Why does the Writers Guild of America, East care about news and comedy? Because our members write both, sometimes for the same show. We represent the writers at the hottest TV comedy-variety shows - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, the Late Show With David Letterman, Late...

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