Reality show workers gathered today to file formal claims for unpaid overtime as part of the WGA’s ongoing efforts to unionize reality show workers. (Coincidentally, it’s exactly one week after I joked about this very issue.)
An unspecified number of workers, such as “writers, production assistants, contestant coordinators, craft services, and office workers,” “[gathered] at the Van Nuys office of the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) to file claims alleging that the producers of these shows owe them unpaid overtime and penalties that could total over $500,000,” the WGA said in a press release.
Last fall, a WGA survey found that reality show workers lose $38,400 in overtime annually. Shows whose workers were present today include Fox’s American Idol, CBS’ The Amazing Race, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and ABC’s American Inventor.