Labor Dispute Interrupts 'Survivor's' 29th Season

Labor Dispute Interrupts 'Survivor's' 29th Season

The long-running reality show Survivor may not dominate pop culture as it once did, but the show still snares a sizable audience leading up to its 29th season.

The only thing standing in the show’s way lately is a labor dispute.

The Motion Picture Editors Guild said Wednesday that about two dozen Santa Monica-based post-production workers “voted themselves off the job” at Mark Burnett’s Island Post Productions Inc., saying no editorial work would resume on the series until the company agrees to a union contract.

At the time of the work stoppage, post-production work was underway on the 90-minute premiere of Season 29 of the long-running CBS series, which has been scheduled to air on Sept. 24, the union said. The series has been filming in Nicaragua.

Workers, some of whom have been with the show since its inception, are demanding health and retirement benefits similar to their industry peers.