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APRIL 17, 2020

SIGN THE PETITION: CBS, We Need Sick Leave Now!

Stand with your fellow WGAW members at CBS.

We must all do our part to curb the spread of COVID-19. Yet, as our nation unites around this shared goal, WGAW news writers at CBS are being left behind.

While other essential businesses have taken steps to support their employees’ physical and financial well-being, CBS refuses to publicly guarantee paid sick leave for any of its news writers beyond the current contractual allotment(s). Read more >>


WGAW Member Drives #GetUsPPE Efforts

WGAW member Tony Camerino mobilizes his networks to supply healthcare workers with critical protective gear.

A few weeks ago, WGAW member Tony Camerino learned about the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers and decided to take action. Drawing on his experience coordinating humanitarian medical missions for the Air Force, and a connection to suppliers, Camerino set out to supply PPE directly to local healthcare workers who needed it the most. Read more >>


Congress’ Pandemic Response Must Protect Our Benefits

How the Guild is working in Washington, D.C. to protect writers’ pension and health during the pandemic.

The WGAW continues to advocate for writers in Washington, D.C. as we grapple with the effects of COVID-19. Congress has enacted a three-phase legislative response, including the $2 trillion CARES Act with important provisions for entertainment industry workers. The CARES Act contains a one-time stimulus payment and expanded unemployment benefits for many in our industry who would be traditionally ineligible for state unemployment insurance. Read more >>


The Fight to Protect Grocery, Pharmacy, and Food Delivery Workers

UFCW 770 fights to protect members and others as Los Angeles adapts to the pandemic.

Grocery store workers across the country have found themselves in an unexpected and vulnerable position: at the frontlines of a global pandemic. As panicked customers crowded grocery stores, often without protective gear or adhering to social distancing guidelines, their employers largely failed to address the threat of contagion. In Los Angeles County, the members of UFCW Local 770, in partnership with food delivery platform workers, have spent the past few weeks successfully urging officials to ensure greater health and safety provisions for all non-medical essential workers. Read more >>


Coping with COVID-19

Reminder for upcoming webinars hosted by EDD and Hollywood, Health & Society.

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) will present a live webinar about paid family leave and disability benefits for writers who are sick or quarantined due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Other circumstances that may qualify writers for these programs will also be discussed. Read more >>

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