(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.
(Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 15)
"Trump was everywhere and I needed a break," says Emily Kaufman, daughter of Aaron Kaufman, about her creation, which has been put to use by Rose McGowan and Hannah Simone.
(Deadline, Feb. 14)
MTV News has become the latest digital news outlet to recognize the WGA East as the collective bargaining representative of its editorial staff. The guild has been on an organizing roll during the last 18 months, winning the right to represent the editorial staffs at the Huffington Post, Salon, Vice, Gizmodo Media Group, Fusion, the Root, and ThinkProgress.
(Variety, Feb. 12)
Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” dominated the 70th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night, claiming five prizes including best film, director, and leading actress for Emma Stone. The triumph maintained the musical’s momentum through this year’s awards season ahead of the Oscars on Feb. 26.
The IATSE Women’s Committee is working with the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Healthy Women on a campaign called “Spread the Word” to disperse helpful health information to women.
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