(Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 16)
“Everybody is taking a hard look,” says one network chief as an ABC creator courts right-wing writers, a studio head rethinks his slate and blue-collar viewers suddenly become a hot demo.
(Deadline, Dec. 15)
As new Actors’ Equity rules go into effect today that require small theaters in Los Angeles to begin paying their union actors at least minimum wage, some small non-union venues, it turns out, aren’t paying their actors anything at all.
(People’s World, Dec. 14)
Thousands of actors in L.A. may have come here to pursue fame and fortune in Hollywood, or on TV, but until that big break comes there’s a thriving small theatre scene that employs Actors’ Equity Association — that is, unionized — actors, as well as many others who are still honing their craft and seeking to earn their union card.
(New York Times, Dec. 9)
He has also argued that the act has given businesses an incentive to cut back on full-time workers to avoid the costs of providing them with insurance, as the act frequently requires. The problem is that the available data largely disagree.
(Deadline, Dec. 9)
SAG-AFTRA has won its first tangible victory in its seven-week-old strike against the video game industry: it’s gotten the companies to take down a strike news website the union says infringed its trademark.
(AFL-CIO Now, Dec. 9)
Working family advocates have strongly condemned President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Carl's Jr. CEO Andy Puzder as secretary of labor. Here are excerpts from their comments:
(Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 9)
21st Century Fox has offered to buy full control of Sky in a deal that values the European pay TV giant at roughly $23.2 billion, the companies disclosed on Friday.
(Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 8)
Writers Guild of America West president Howard A. Rodman on Thursday went on the offensive against President-elect Donald Trump, criticizing him for attacking a United Steelworkers official who called Trump’s promise to save jobs at a Carrier factory in Indiana a promise “half-way delivered.”
(New York Times, Dec. 8)
President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday chose Andrew F. Puzder, chief executive of the company that franchises the fast-food outlets Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. and an outspoken critic of the worker protections enacted by the Obama administration, to be secretary of labor.
(Below the Line, Dec. 1)
The IATSE today announced that it would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Olivier Rochette, son of Cirque du Soleil co-founder Gilles Ste-Croix. Out of respect, the IATSE will be cancelling its plans to leaflet the Cirque du Soleil’s OVO show at the Bell Centre on December 1st.
(Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 23)
Spike Lee was hit with lawsuit on Wednesday. In New York federal court, the directors of three union-industry plans claim he hasn't made sufficient health and pension contributions.
(AFL-CIO Now, Nov. 23)
This Thanksgiving, America’s working people and our unions are committed to standing with each other—in solidarity. We are reminded this holiday season of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and most of all, freedom from fear.
(Variety, Nov. 22)
The performers union noted that its three pickets at Electronic Arts, Warner Bros., and Insomniac Games have been joined by members of the American Federation of Musicians, the Writers Guild of America West, the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and Animation Guild Local 839.
(Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 22)
While Barrack actively supported and advised Trump during his campaign, he says now just isn't the right time for him to make the move from Hollywood to Washington full time. Barrack is in the unique position of being both privy to Trump's positions on key issues and deeply connected to the entertainment industry. So The Hollywood Reporter asked him how he thinks show business will fare under the real estate mogul's administration.
(Deadline, Nov. 22)
In one of the largest union gifts of its kind, IATSE Stagehands Local One in New York has pledged to donate $875,000 to the Actors Fund over the next five years. The donation will support the fund’s programs and services for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment industry – not just actors.
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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