CBS News Writers Deserve Adequate Sick Leave

CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

CBS news writers, represented by Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), are putting their health on the line to make sure that vital news continues through the COVID-19 pandemic. We call on CBS to do the right thing and expand paid sick leave for all their news writers. We have asked for assurances but so far CBS has been silent.

Stand by CBS news writers by reading and signing our petition!

To: CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
From: [Your Name]

WGAW news writers at CBS are putting their health on the line to make sure that vital news continues through the COVID-19 pandemic. We call on CBS to do the right thing and expand paid sick leave for all their news writers. We have asked for assurances but so far CBS has been silent.​

​CBS refuses to guarantee paid sick leave for any of its news writers beyond the current contractual allotment(s). WGAW writers deserve a commitment from CBS of additional paid sick leave if they, or their loved ones, are impacted by this deadly disease.

We, the undersigned, call on CBS to immediately institute the following:

At least 14 paid sick days for WGAW news, web, digital, and promo writers:
-Who are hospitalized with COVID-19.
-Who are placed into, or voluntarily enter into, self- isolation and/or quarantine due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, suspected infection, or possible exposure.
-Who become caregivers to family member(s) or household member(s), diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19.

It is time for CBS to protect its WGAW writers who are working so hard to help protect millions of people in Southern California by keeping them engaged and informed.

It is time for CBS to step up and do the right thing.

In Solidarity,
Writers Guild of America West