‘Saturday Night Live’ Post-Production Editors Approve Strike Authorization as Contract Negotiations Stalled

The post-production editors who compiled the pre-taped sketches for “Saturday Night Live” have passed a motion for strike authorization with the Motion Pictures Editors Guild, Variety Has confirmed. The group has yet to vote on whether to go on strike, and the pre-recorded segments that aired on this weekend’s show (including parodies of “M3GAN” and “The White Lotus”) were still edited by the unit as of custom.

But the group of 12 to 20 employees, which includes part-time film editors, editors, editing assistants and media managers, has yet to see any movement in their contract negotiations after submitting their proposals in December to NBCU.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news of the strike authorization, the group has so far only had one negotiating session with NBC. Variety confirmed that there are no further meetings scheduled with management as of this time.

“Movie workers on ‘SNL’ last year made it clear they wanted a union, and management recognized their wishes. Therefore, it is very disappointing that despite the best efforts of the Union, there is still no framework for a contract,” Motion Picture Editors Guild national executive director Cathy Repola said in a statement. “We remain committed to securing a contract as soon as possible and we are leaving all options on the table to achieve that goal.”

Post-production editors for “SNL” successfully organized with the Motion Picture Editors Guild, which is part of IATSE Local 700, in October. Since then, the group has aimed to negotiate a contract; it is not clear what could be included in the proposal. Experts say a strike is one of the group’s options; such a move would limit “SNL” from including its signature pre-recorded skits, such as music videos and quick clips of the company’s “Please Don’t Destroy.”

According to the union last fall, “the post-production team won union recognition pursuant to a card verification agreement with NBC Universal. An arbitrator independently verified that the majority of employees had elected union representation.”

“This talented editorial team works at breakneck speed with extraordinarily tight schedules to ensure that the timely satire of ‘Saturday Night Live’ hits the screen every week,” said Louis Bertini, MPEG’s second vice president, representing its members in New York. in a statement in October. “We salute you for coming together to have a voice at work. Behind the scenes and in front of the cameras, a host of talented artists and craftsmen help make ‘SNL’ the cultural touchstone that it is, and much of that talent is already enjoying the benefit of union contracts. We are pleased that these editorial employees are now joining ‘SNL’s’ unionized workforce.”

At the time, union president Alan Heim added: “Having a voice at work is no laughing matter. ‘SNL’ deserves its status as a legendary comedy series, and the talented people who help make it deserve all the good things a union will bring.”

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