(Washington Post, March 9)
House Democrats were resolute — and loquacious — but were unable to derail the latest Republican move to significantly weaken federal labor unions.
(Deadline, March 8)
California state Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra and Ian Calderon today introduced legislation aimed at building the state’s below-the-line workforce by increasing funding for entertainment industry job-training programs.
(KPCC, March 8)
When was the last time that every major film studio, every broadcast network, leading cable networks and streaming services all agreed on something? Maybe ... never?
(Deadline, March 8)
The Off-Broadway League and United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local USA 829, have agreed to terms on an inaugural contract covering off-Broadway designers. If ratified by members, the three-year deal will go into effect in July.
(Variety, March 8)
The top of MTV’s website was devoted to the strike, including a prominent link to a LookDifferent.org site offering a list of strike-related events and a deep-dive into issues related to gender bias, wage inequality and feminism.
(AFL-CIO Now, March 7)
Federal contractors who seek lucrative contracts with the government are subject to commonsense scrutiny of their worker safety and pay records, thanks to an executive order signed by then-President Barack Obama and the regulations implementing it.
(Playbill, March 6)
The three-year program will educate stagehands, riggers, electricians, sound engineers, and more.
(Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 27)
“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” President Trump told Breitbart reporter Matthew Boyle. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”
(Politico, Feb. 27)
In his first interview since pulling his nomination, Puzder told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that he was targeted by the media, citing The Huffington Post and POLITICO in particular. These publications demonstrated "little regard for the truth," Puzder said.
(NPR, Feb. 26)
The DNC has a new chair — former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. Party members voted in Atlanta on Saturday. Now the hard work of rebuilding the party begins.
(Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 24)
Asghar Farhadi applauded the unity shown by the cinema community in his address at UTA's "United Voices" rally on Friday afternoon.
(CNN, Feb. 23)
Twenty-one-year-old Khaled Khatib is a cinematographer and press officer for the Syrian White Helmets.
(Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 21)
In a departure from its general practice of not wading into political matters, SAG-AFTRA on Monday issued a statement on press freedom, reaffirming the importance of speaking truth to and about those in power.
(Washington Post, Feb. 17)
Labor groups, unions and lawmakers in both political parties are still getting to know Alexander Acosta, President Trump’s latest pick for labor secretary.
(NPR, Feb. 15)
Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination to head the Labor Department on Wednesday as his support on Capitol Hill faltered. Facing criticism from both sides of the aisle, Puzder became the first Trump Cabinet pick whose nomination failed.
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