AFTRA Takes to Twitter to Support TV Station Employees

The Peoria Local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists incorporated Twitter into its rally supporting employees of the Illinois city’s WEEK/WHOI-TV.

The Peoria Local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists incorporated Twitter into its rally supporting employees of the Illinois city’s WEEK/WHOI-TV.

The union encouraged supporters of the station’s photographers, producers, reporters, anchors, meteorologists, and multimedia journalists to rally against employers Silver Point and Granite Broadcasting by going to a special page, Support Quality Journalism in Central Illinois, and tweeting with the hashtag #savelocalnews.

Talks between the news team’s AFTRA employees and the station’s owners began in November but stalled Feb. 18, after which AFTRA members began working without a contract. Silver Point and Granite announced that they will impose new terms Saturday, to which AFTRA responded:

The corporation’s move to “impose” its proposals on the WEEK/WHOI-TV news team would subject the employees to a number of substandard working conditions that threatens to damage the station’s ability to deliver local news to the central Illinois community.

The union held a Day of Reckoning rally Friday at United Auto Workers Local 974, located next to the station’s headquarters.