The Writers Guild of America, West is locked in a dispute with Comcast over its efforts to organize more than two dozen writers who work on shows that air on Comcast-owned networks,reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.
The shows include "Chelsea Lately" on E!, "The Dish" on Style, and "Attack of the Show" on G4, the story says.
The conflict comes at a delicate time for Comcast, which is aiming to complete its merger with NBC Universal soon.
The guild says that while 80% of the writers who work on the shows have signed authorization cards requesting to be represented by the union, Comcast has refused to join the bargaining table, the article notes.
Comcast called the union’s demand "unfair to employees" and wants the National Labor Relations Board to oversee a vote on whether the Writers Guild should represent the writers, the story notes.