The Eastern branch of the Writers Guild of America and NBC’s subsidiary, Peacock Productions, are in the midst of an ongoing battle over the guild and their attempts to unionize some freelance producers and associate producers.
The people in the National Labor Relations Board have impounded ballots from the election held on June 14 to decide if the producers would be represented by the WGA East, or NBC’s Peacock Productions.
The ballots still have not been counted because NBC has filed an appeal to the ruling that rejected the network’s idea that Peacock Productions producers are in fact “supervisors,” thus making them ineligible to vote.
Director of the Writers Guild of America East, Lowell Peterson, is not a happy camper.
He’s upset that the network is violating the employees’ rights to select WGA as a bargaining representative.
"This is NBC. We have bargaining relationships with NBC in comedies and drama. It’s mind-boggling that they’ve decided to knock the Writers Guild out of the box."
There is currently no word as to whether or not the uncounted ballots will eventually be counted.
We are going to have to just wait and see if they will ever be able to come to an agreement.