CBS News Employees Ratify New WGA Contract

Three-year agreement includes two 2% wage bumps and first-ever pension coverage.

WGA members at CBS News have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement, the WGA said in a statement. The vote was 83 % yes; 17% no. The new pact covers members of the Writers Guilds of America, East and West working in television and radio on the national and local levels in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

The three-year agreement includes two 2% wage bumps and first-ever pension coverage. The workers have been covered by the WGA health plan since 2000, but not the pension plan. Freelance and per diem employees will receive two 1% increases over the contract term.

Job categories covered are newswriters, writer-producers, editors, desk assistants, production assistants, graphic artists and promotion writers.

The guild negotiated minimums for writer-producers for the first time. The contract also establishes minimum representation percentages at local television shops for the first time, which the WGA said would “guarantee a meaningful presence at CBS News as the broadcast news business continues to transform.”

The contract runs from April 2, 2010 through April 6, 2013.

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