Post-production editors at NBC Universal’s Saturday Night Live are reportedly planning to strike in April.
Through the Motion Picture Editors Guild, editors at the legacy sketch show have been negotiating since late last year. In December, the guild presented a proposal for pay, health benefits, etc. to NBC Universal. One month later, NBC Universal responded to the proposal, but editors at Saturday Night Live found it to be inadequate.
According to the Motion Picture Editors Guild, post-production editors at Saturday Night Live are “paid far below industry standards.” Furthermore, the Motion Picture Editors Guild claims that assistant editors receive “just a fraction” of their union counterparts.
“The season is almost over. Not only is NBCU saying no to the union’s reasonable proposals – by offering annual increases that lag behind industry standards, they’re pushing for a deal that ignores the soaring cost of living and moves the crew backward in future years,” the guild stated.
“NBCU claims they, too, want to reach an agreement. But we’re nearing the end of the season, and talks drag on.”
On April 1, 2023, post-production editors will strike if NBC Universal doesn’t “show SNL’s post crew the respect they deserve.”
“NBCU wants to shut us up – so we will yell louder,” the guild stated.