(New York Times, March 25)
His testimony suggests that as labor secretary his primary goal would not be to look out for workers by promoting fair pay and workplace safety. Instead, he seems more interested in shielding employers from having to address those concerns.
(Deadline, March 25)
Since the first writers’ strike of 1960, there have been 12 U.S. presidents – five Democrats and seven Republicans, and yet all six WGA strikes occurred during Republican administrations.
(Northwest Labor Press, March 24)
A long-festering union dispute at KGW-TV has come to a close. At the Portland NBC affiliate, 26 camera operators and editors represented by IATSE Local 600 ratified a new union contract March 22 — more than two years after their old contract expired. They’re the last of three KGW units to reach agreement.
(Variety, March 24)
Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have asked their 12,000 members for strike authorization, following two weeks of negotiations.
(Deadline, March 24)
Carl Reiner says he got bumped by it, Drew Carey says it’s the makings of a worst day ever, and Rosie Perez says now, now everyone, don’t gloat: Hollywood watched the implosion of Trumpcare today and weighed in.
(ESPN, March 22)
Hundreds of women of varied ethnicities gathered Friday, March 17, at the United Nations in New York City for a conversation on closing the gender gap in the entertainment industry.
(Law 360, March 17)
A group of decoration installers at Disney theme parks in California do not have enough in common with a larger group of technical workers to organize with the technical workers’ bargaining unit but can vote to form a unit of their own, a National Labor Relations Board regional director has said.
(Shoot, March 15)
The session, which is part of the VRLA’s professional programming, will be moderated by Michael Chambliss, a technology specialist and ICG business representative whose main focus is on production technologies impacting directors of photography and their camera crews for both film and television.
(The Hill, March 13)
Alexander Acosta was slated to head before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, but his hearing has been rescheduled for the following week.
(Times Square Chronicles, March 11)
The Actors Fund and Mount Sinai Doctors are about to open a new health center for the performing arts and entertainment community.
(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.
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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