Chicago web writers become first to unionize

By Steve Safran 

Broadcasting & Cable reports that the Writers Guild of America East has signed its first Web-only writers and producers. Four webbies from Chicago’s CBS affiliate, WBBM-TV, joined the union. B&C notes that the WGAE will likely have to organize Web writers shop by shop. From the WGAE release:

“This victory for web writers demonstrates that even in the digital age writers want the strength union representation provides. The news industry is shifting to digital platforms and their decision to join us helps ensure that writing and producing news continues to be a good job into the 21st Century,” said WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson.

What do you think? Will we see more web writers and producers join unions?

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