The Writers Guild of America plans to meet with Democratic FCC commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein in L.A. this week to talk about the state of news. The union, both East and West
divisions, have been in extended contract talks with CBS and working without a contract since April 2005. CBS' reported proposal to remove news producers from the union is a key sticking point. The
guild argues that removing them from the union threatens their objectivity and independence--and ultimately, the quality of their work.