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Raising State's Minimum Wage may be Arizona's Best Option, says Governor

(Arizona Daily Star, April 29)

Gov. Doug Ducey finds himself in the position where he is leaning toward supporting a ballot measure that would boost the state minimum wage even higher than it is now.

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After Two Years of Decline, TV Could See an Ad Comeback

(LA Times, April 28)

Group M, the world's largest buyer of TV advertising time, expects upfront spending to be up 4% to 5% from last year, which would put the revenue over $18 billion again.

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Hollywood Feeding Frenzy: How DreamWorks Deal Could Impact Paramount, Lionsgate

(THR, April 28)

Analysts debate additional deal-making after Comcast's high valuation for DreamWorks Animation.

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SAG-AFTRA Investigating Grey Global for Non-Union Ads

(Variety, April 28)

The performers union sent an alert Thursday to its 160,000 members, saying that it has “serious concerns” about the issue.

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Inside the Glaring Income Inequality in Studio Executives vs. Average Workers

(Variety, April 22)

Some of the ratios of CEO-to-worker pay are as high as 900-to-1.

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YouTube Will Let Copyright-Disputed Videos Keep Earning Ad Revenue While Claims Are Pending

(Variety, April 28)

Under the revised policy, when both a creator and someone making a copyright claim choose to monetize a video, YouTube will continue to run ads on the video in question.

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Showbiz Groups Say FCC Set-Top Box Proposal Could Have Harmful Impact

(Variety, April 22)

The groups are filing comments with the agency on Friday expressing concerns that the move would have an adverse impact on content creators’ ability to protect copyright and be compensated for their work.

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Uber Settles Cases With Concessions, but Drivers Stay Freelancers

(NY Times, April 21)

The company reached a settlement in a pair of class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that will let it continue to categorize drivers in those states as independent contractors.

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Overtime Pay: A Lifeline for the Overworked American

(NY Times, April 21)

Most laborers used to get paid extra for working extra. What happened?

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Nevada Unemployment Rate at 5.9 Percent for March

(Sierra Sun, April 21)

The unemployment rate in Las Vegas increased four tenths to 6 percent but is still down 1.2 percent compared to March 2015.

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Points to Big Changes Ahead for Television

(Variety, April 20)

Next-gen TV and spectrum auction likely to transform television and how Americans receive it.

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Filmmakers Seek Looser Drone Regulatory Rules

(THR, April 20)

"We have capabilities that we are currently not able to use," says aerial director of photography Dylan Goss.

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We’ve gathered photos from our affiliates across District 2 – a display of our members on the job and on the picket lines from 2014. Click here for more pictures. (Requires PowerPoint Viewer )

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IATSE District 2 Convention 2016

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72nd Annual IATSE D-2 Convention
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Aug. 5-7, 2016

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Spread the Word for Women’s Health

The IATSE Women’s Committee is working with the Coalition of Labor Union Women and HealthyWomen on a campaign called “Spread the Word” to disperse helpful health information to women.
 
Share the Heart Health flyer and learn more about how you can help at GoSpreadTheWord.com .

Injured or Sick and Need Help with the Bills?

Behind the Scenes is a charity that provides financial assistance in times of extreme need to people working in the entertainment industry. Many IATSE members have benefited over the years from this grant program.
 
If you are injured or sick and need assistance paying the rent or paying down your bills until you can get back to work, click here to find out more about this valuable organization. Cases are reviewed quickly and confidentially.
 
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