WGBH, WNET Writers Guild members agree to new contract

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Some 200 union employees of WGBH in Boston and WNET in New York City have ratified a new three-year contract.

The Writers Guilds of America, East and West, announced the agreement Tuesday.

The new deal provides a 3 percent increase in all minimum salaries effective July 1, 2016, with half a percent of that going to the Writers Guild Industry Health Fund. Two more increases will take effect in 2017 and 2018; those amounts will be determined next year, said Jason Gordon, spokesperson for the Writers Guild of America, East.

WGBH and WNET are the only stations currently producing content under the agreement, which also covers several smaller production companies that make programs for public television, Gordon said.

The union members “create some of the most compelling — and award-winning — shows on public television,” including Frontline, Nova, American Experience and American Masters, said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East, in the announcement.

“Their creative vision, their dedication to craft, and in many cases their contribution to raising money, directing and producing, make it possible for WGBH, WNET and other signatory producers to present shows that inform our national dialogue about the vital political, cultural, economic and scientific issues of our times,” Peterson said.

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