NLRB sets 'Model' election


The National Labor Relations Board has set a secret-ballot representation election for Dec. 4 for about 40 production and preproduction employees on the CW's "America's Next Top Model," which IATSE has been seeking to organize.

Separately, a decision is still being awaited on the WGA's claim that about 12 writer-producers have been fired illegally from "Model" after striking for the right to join the WGA. IATSE also maintains that it has jurisdictional rights over work done by the strikers.

The NLRB won't rule on the WGA-IATSE jurisdictional dispute until a decision is rendered on the WGA's charge against the show's executive producer, Ken Mok, and his Anisa Prods., a board spokesman said. Such a ruling could come by year's end, the spokesman said.

The upcoming representation vote involves a proposed collective-bargaining unit for "all full-time and regular part-time preproduction and production employees" of Anisa working on "Model" in art, audio, camera and light departments as well as in hair/makeup, lighting tech and wardrobe operations, production office coordinators and assistants, and accounting personnel. Production assistants, casting department staff, drivers, managers, office clerical employees, guards and supervisors are excluded from the vote.

Teamsters Local 399 recently struck a collective-bargaining agreement covering the show's drivers and location managers.