WGAE Newswriters Meet With Congressional Leaders

From the release:

    Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) newswriters had their voices heard this week in two separate meetings with key Congressional leaders. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL) and Congressman Eliot Engel (NY) met with WGAE members and staff to discuss news quality, the working conditions inside newsrooms, and issues involved in the stalled contact negotiations with CBS and ABC.

    Congresswoman Schakowsky, who is House Democrat Chief Deputy Whip and a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, toured the WBBM-TV newsroom in Chicago on Tuesday to speak with WGAE newswriters who have been working without a contract for more than two years at the CBS station. In private meetings, WGAE-CBS employees told her of specific situations where the station’s news coverage was compromised due to lack of resources and how corporate policies negatively impacted their news coverage. Members reported Schakowsky pledged her support to look into their concerns further. Schakowsky’s visit to WBBM-TV came one month prior to the FCC’s upcoming media ownership hearing in Chicago on September 20. WGAE membership is committed to making a strong showing at that hearing.