A dozen striking TV workers are demanding their bosses face reality. The “America’s Next Top Model” employees contend that their tasks on the series should be classified as writing and earn them the union pay and benefits they’re not getting in their real-life drama.

At stake is more than a successful program that will help anchor the new CW network in its fall launch. The strike against “America’s Next Top Model” also is the latest and most aggressive move in the Writers Guild of America, west’s two-year effort to unionize reality TV.