KGW-TV Local 600 Members Will Picket on Nov. 2 

 Union members have been working under an expired contract since March  

lATSE Local 600 photojournalists and editors at KGW-TV in Portland, OR will be participating in a picket line Nov. 2 to support their ongoing efforts to negotiate a new contract.
The previous contract between the union workers and KGW-TV’s parent company, TEGNA, expired March 31, 2023. 21 union photojournalists and editors have been working under an expired agreement while negotiating a new one. TEGNA’s proposal to the union would remove jurisdiction-protecting language from the employment contract, allowing TEGNA to hire non-professional staff. TEGNA is also asking to eliminate the contract’s minimum staffing requirements.
IATSE Local 600 is asking for the continued inclusion of jurisdiction-protecting language to maintain the standard of hiring experienced professionals, who are trained to navigate complicated circumstances that arise in the field. They are asking for fair cost-of-living wage increases, commiserate with the skyrocketing cost-of-living in the Portland area.
“The talented photojournalists and editors at KGW-TV are asking to keep doing their jobs to the highest standard,” says Alex Tonisson, National Executive Director (NED) of IATSE Local 600’s International Cinematographers Guild (ICG). “Their fight for a fair contract echoes the other powerful labor movements that have occurred this past year, and we applaud the courage it takes to fight for what they deserve.”
TEGNA received $3.3 billion in revenue in 2022 with two-year profits at $1.4 billion. It has no debt and $683 million in cash reserves.
“Fair wages and a safe working environment must be guaranteed,” says senior business representative of IATSE Local 600 Raquel Ruiz. “We won’t rest until these Local 600 members are working under a fair contract.” .”
Local 600 workers will picket Nov. 2, from 8-9:30 a.m. at 715 SW Morrison St., alongside community members and labor supporters.
Updates from IATSE members of KGW can be found on its Facebook page.
The International Cinematographers Guild represents over 10,000 members who work in film, television, streaming and commercials as directors of photography, camera operators, digital imaging technicians, visual effects supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, broadcasters and all members of camera crews and publicists. The first cinematographers union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago. In 1996, Local 600 united as a national guild. In addition to its work organizing, bargaining and enforcing contracts and advocating for legislation that serves working families, training and mentorship, ICG’s ongoing events include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine.
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