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unreasonable expectations to be investigated ??

well sort of...

" The New York City Council will hold public hearings June 25 to explore allegations of “sweatshop” working conditions at reality TV shows shot in the city. The overwhelming majority of nonfiction shows shot there are nonunion, with many workers complaining about long hours without overtime pay and no health benefits. "

The WGA and DGA are on this, but what about IATSE and NABET ??



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DGA members either work under a different name (bent name), or take a producer credit instead of a director credit.  The DGA, which has signed some 950 shows to its Reality Television Agreements, has an ongoing campaign to organize nonunion reality shows and offers discounted terms to entice low-budget producers to sign its contract. “The DGA has done more to organize reality shows than any other union,” said one well-known director....
 A director directs the cameras and the talent, and that’s what many of these “producers” on Survivor do, he said....
“Reality television was born out of a nonunion, and even an antiunion, environment,” said a longtime reality show writer-director. “That’s the reality that the unions are up against.”


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and in NYC, the WGA is pressing their case for some changes in the laws... or at least, it seems, better enforcement of the ones already on the books...

* A Code of Conduct that would provide for reasonable production budgets and production schedules
* Adequate staffing levels;
* Guarantees that employees will not be required to work excessive hours, and that all wage and hour laws are honored;
* Paid time off;
* Basic benefits including company-paid health coverage;
* A commitment to honor the right of employees to select representatives for collective bargaining and to negotiate reasonable agreements.


jobs in NYC’s reality TV sector grew 20% from 2001-2011, while jobs in the rest of the local economy dropped 5% in the same period. “It’s not that this television industry, the reality TV part, is weak and impoverished...So-called “wage theft” – the non-payment of overtime through the misclassification of employees as freelancers – dominated much of the testimony. Sarah Leberstein, an attorney with the National Employment Law Project, said that this widespread practice “illegally depresses labor costs and cheats workers out of the wages they’ve earned.” City Councilman I. Daneek Miller, who chaired the hearing, noted the city and state are “losing tax revenue” as a consequence of the practice... “Today you will hear the tale of two television industries,” Peterson told the committee. “Most of our members work in the part of the industry that provides good benefits, good pay, good middle-class careers. Today you are investigating the other part of the industry – nonfiction or ‘reality’ TV – which is almost entirely nonunion. People in that part of the industry work brutally long hours without overtime pay, without health or pension benefits, without paid time off, without the basic protections they deserve.”...The guild has been organizing reality show writers and producers in New York for the last five years. So far, it’s only signed contracts with three of the more than 20 companies there that each employ more than 50 writer-producers.



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