Onion News Network Writers Join WGA East Fold

Tue Aug 2, 2011 5:25am EDT

Writers on the Onion News Network are joining the ranks of the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO, the union announced on Tuesday.

The WGAE and ONN management said they have finished negotiating a collective bargaining agreement covering the show.

The show’s second season will air on the Independent Film Channel beginning on September 30.

“The ONN writers stood together and won real improvements,” WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson said in a statement.  “We welcome them into the WGAE and we look forward to a productive relationship with the company.” 

The agreement will increase minimum weekly compensation and provide pension and health contributions, retroactive to the start of writing earlier this summer.  The producers also agreed to add writers and writing weeks.  

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