February 11, 2014

MSNBC hosts ignore their own firm's workers' labor acton

AFL CIO - Peacock Productions workers are heading to NBC's headquarters, "30 Rock," on Thursday to deliver petitions to MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O'Donnell, asking them to meet with the workers and stand with the workers who are seeking union representation on the job.

NBC production workers have been trying to form a union for a more than a year with the Writers Guild of America, East. But Peacock Productions, a subsidiary of NBC, has not acted in good faith in negotiations. Chris Hayes met with the workers in December but no other MSNBC host has done the same.

Salon's Josh Eidelson writes:

“Frankly,” said Writers Guild of America–East Organizing Director Justin Molito, “if we don’t have people overcoming their personal fears and speaking out that are in such high-profile positions as MSNBC hosts, what does that say about the climate of fear at NBC?”

Maddow, O’Donnell, Sharpton, Schultz, Hayes and NBC did not respond to  inquiries, or to past requests for comment on the Peacock Productions dispute.

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