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WGA “Broke Off Negotiations,” Producers Claim As Strike Vote Looms

One day before negotiations originally were scheduled to end between the WGA and AMPTP, the labor tension in Hollywood is at a 10-year high. As the scribes now confirm Deadline’s exclusive of earlier today that a strike-authorization vote has been called, the producers shot back this evening with claims of bad faith from the other side of the table. “The WGA broke off negotiations at an early stage in the process in order to secure a strike vote rather than directing its… Read

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WGA Negotiators Call For Strike-Authorization Vote – Read The Letter

Lead negotiators for the WGA just sent a letter to the membership that reads, “Your Negotiating Committee has voted unanimously to recommend that the WGAW Board of Directors and WGAE Council conduct a strike authorization vote by the membership.” Read the full letter below. This would not be a vote to strike but to authorize the guild's board of directors to call a strike if further talks fail to produce a deal. Management’s Alliance of Motion Picture & Television… Read

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NABET Members Voting On New ABC Contract

Contract ratification ballots went out yesterday to more than 2,700 NABET-CWA workers employed at ABC's news, sports and entertainment divisions and at its owned television stations in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Leaders at the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians – Communications Workers of America are recommending ratification of a new four-year contract, which covers staff and daily hires working as broadcast… Read

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WGA Strike Vote Could Be “Very Soon” As Talks Continue

EXCLUSIVE: With one day left in scheduled negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers over a new film and TV contract, a strike vote by the scribes is now looking like a real possibility. “That’s the way the wind is blowing,” a source with intimate knowledge of the ongoing talks told Deadline this afternoon. “We could have a strike vote very soon,” another insider told Deadline. While this could be posturing to light a fire… Read

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AMPTP To Stuntwomen: If You See Something, Say Something

Although she’s neck-deep in negotiations for a new WGA contract, AMPTP president Carol Lombardini wasn't too busy Wednesday to fire off a letter to veteran stuntwoman Julie Johnson, who's been fighting a one-woman campaign to put an end to sexual harassment of stuntwomen and to stop the long-running practice of stuntmen doubling for actresses. In January, Johnson, the former stunt coordinator on the Charlie's Angels TV show, met privately with SAG-AFTRA president… Read

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WGA Contract Talks Coming Down To Wire

Negotiations for a new WGA film and TV contract are coming down to the wire. The talks, which started March 13, were scheduled to conclude Saturday, though they can be extended if progress is being made. The current contract doesn't expire until May 1, so there's plenty of time to make a deal. If negotiations stall, however, the leadership of the WGA East and WGA West would most likely ask members for strike authorization. Such a vote, which would almost certainly be… Read

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“Progress Being Made” At WGA Contract Talks

After a week of hard bargaining, a source close to the ongoing WGA contract talks told Deadline that "there is progress being made and it's very cordial." The negotiations, which began Monday, are being held under a strict media blackout at the Sherman Oaks offices of management's Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. Rescuing the guild's ailing health plan, which has run at a deficit in all but one of the past four years, is one of the hottest hot-button… Read

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Disney Settles With Labor Dept. On Employee Overtime Work, “Costume” Expenses

Disney has agreed to pay $3.8 million in back wages to thousands of Florida employees after the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division found that the company did not compensate them for duties before and after shifts. In addition officials found that Disney had inappropriately deducted a uniform or "costume" expense that drove pay below the minimum wage. The agency also found that Disney didn’t maintain required time and payroll records. The action affected 16,339… Read

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Slate Editorial Staff Votes To Unionize With WGA East

Slate has become the latest in a long line of digital media outlets whose editorial staffs have voted to unionize with the WGA East. The union said today that more than 90% of Slate's editorial staff have signed cards declaring that they want the guild to represent them in contract talks. Slate joins the Huffington Post, Vice Media, Gawker Media, Salon, ThinkProgress, The Root and Fusion, whose staffs have voted to be represented by the guild. "Slate's editorial staff… Read

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The Race Is On: Peter Antico First To Announce Candidacy For SAG-AFTRA President

Peter Antico, one of the most outspoken critics of SAG-AFTRA's leadership, has announced he'll be a candidate for president of the 160,000-member performers' union. The election will be held in August, and he's the first to announce his candidacy. Antico, a veteran actor and stunt coordinator, split with Membership First, the union's "loyal opposition," and is running independently because he feels MF has not been vocal or active enough in fighting the waste, malfeasance… Read

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WGA Wants Producers To Address Pay “Inequities” For Writing Teams

Whenever you see TV writing credits in which two names are separated by an ampersand, it means they're working as a team. In many cases, it also means they're each working for half the guild minimum. That 2-for-1 deal is one of the WGA's major bones of contention in its ongoing negotiations for a new film and TV contract. Day 2 of talks are now underway today at the offices of management's AMPTP in Sherman Oaks. In the run-up to the negotiations, the guild said it wanted… Read

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WGA Contract Talks “Tense” On Day 1 Of Sit-Down With AMPTP

EXCLUSIVE: The beginning of negotiations on a new contract between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers started off strained today – to put it politely. "It was very tense and got a little heated," one insider told Deadline about Day 1 of talks between the two sides at the AMPTP's Sherman Oaks headquarters. "There's a big divide when it comes to expectations and a lot of mistrust, more than I've seen before," the source added. The talks are… Read