Bernie Sanders Blasts Disney CEO Bob Iger Over Pay
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders renewed his long-running attack on the Walt Disney Company and the pay disparity between the executive suite and those who work at its flagship theme park, today taking aim at CEO Bob Iger.
Sanders attacked Iger’s rich pay package, which Institutional Shareholder Services estimates could earn the executive as much as $423 million over the next four years if he hits all of his performance goals.
“Does Disney CEO Bob Iger have a good explanation… Read
SAG-AFTRA & Telemundo Reach “Historic” Contract For Spanish-Language TV Performers
SAG-AFTRA has reached what it calls a "historic" agreement with Telemundo Television Studios covering Spanish-language TV performers. The deal comes after 15 months of negotiations following a March 8, 2017, vote by Telemundo performers to unionize. Telemundo is the largest employer of Spanish-language talent in the United States.
"This is a historic moment for Spanish-language performers in our industry," said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. "I am incredibly… Read
Stalled IATSE Contract Talks Delay Start Of Negotiations For New Teamsters Local 399 Pact
EXCLUSIVE: Stalled negotiations for a new IATSE film and TV contract have created a bargaining table logjam, delaying the start of contract talks between management's AMPTP and Teamsters Local 399 and the Basic Crafts unions.
The IATSE and Teamsters contracts, which are negotiated separately, are set to expire on July 31. The AMPTP had expected to wrap up the IATSE talks in time to hammer out a deal with the Teamsters and the Basic Crafts, but the on-again/off-again IATSE… Read
Musicians Set NY Rally In Support Of Union Demands For Late-Night Residuals
Musicians who perform on late-night TV shows will rally Tuesday at noon outside ABC's New York headquarters in support of the American Federation of Musicians' negotiations for a new contract, which resumed today after a seven-month hiatus. The union says the chief sticking point in the contract talks remains a formula for residuals for band members when their work is re-aired on YouTube and network websites.
The contract covers musicians who perform on shows such as Jimmy… Read
WGA West Exec Director David Young Got “Significant Bonus” To Earn $1.1 Million Last Year
EXCLUSIVE: David Young, the longtime executive director of the WGA West, received a hefty one-time bonus last year that raised his total annual compensation to $1.1 million, according to financial statements filed with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Young has been the guild's top executive since 2006, and as Deadline first reported his contract was recently extended for another four years, with an option of two more years after that.
"The amount of David Young’s… Read
Strike Talk Swirls Around Stalled IATSE Film & TV Contract Negotiations
EXCLUSIVE: The first talk of a strike against the Hollywood film and TV industry surfaced today in the wake of stalled negotiations for a new IATSE contract covering some 43,000 West Coast below-the-line workers. Bargaining broke off Friday and isn't scheduled to resume until a week before the July 31 expiration of the current contract.
If IATSE strikes, it would be the first industry-wide walkout in the union's 125-year history.
"I wish I could say I am hopeful we will… Read
“Some Progress” Reported Before IATSE Film & TV Contract Talks Stalled
IATSE officials are reporting that "some progress was made" last week before negotiations for a new film and TV contract broke off, and that the union "remains committed to returning to the negotiating table in pursuit of a fair deal for the membership." Talks with management’s AMPTP are scheduled to resume during the week of July 23 – just days before the July 31 expiration of the current contract, which covers some 43,000 members of 13 West Coast IATSE locals.
The main… Read
IATSE Film & TV Contract Talks Stall Again
Negotiations for a new IATSE film and TV contract have broken off, and bargaining isn't expected to resume until the end of the month. That wouldn’t leave much time to reach a new agreement: The current contract, which covers some 43,000 West Coast behind-the-scenes workers, expires July 31.
Union reps walked out of the negotiations on Friday, frustrated over the lack of progress being made on their "key priorities." It's the second time they've walked out of the talks… Read
IATSE Contract Talks Reach “Critical” Stage To Rescue Ailing Pension Plan
As the health of the Motion Picture Industry Pension Plan nears "critical" status, negotiations for a new IATSE film and TV contract are also approaching a critical stage. The union's current contract, covering some 43,000 West Coast behind-the-scenes workers, doesn't expire until July 31, but after negotiations stalled last month, the union said it would return to the bargaining table this week for three more days of talks. As of today, they're still talking, with both… Read
Bernie Sanders To Stream July Town Hall With Workers From Disney, Amazon, Walmart And McDonald’s
Sen. Bernie Sanders will host a livestreamed town hall on July 16 about income inequality and the treatment of corporate employees, featuring workers from Amazon, Disney, Walmart and McDonald’s.
The Vermont independent has also invited the CEOs of each company to attend the event in Washington. It will be his fourth live town hall of 2018 but the first with a Hollywood element.
“I hope these CEOs have the guts to sit on a panel with their own employees and explain why… Read
Hollywood’s Unions Have Thousands Of Financial Core Non-Members
Hollywood's guilds and unions aren't directly affected by today's Supreme Court ruling that held that public-sector unions no longer can force non-members to pay agency fees to cover the cost of collective bargaining, but they've got thousands of "agency fee payers" of their own.
In Hollywood labor circles, agency fee payers also are known as financial core non-members, and they pay only that portion of union dues that goes directly toward covering the costs of collective… Read
Former WGA East President Returns To Guild Politics In Council Race
Former WGA East president Michael Winship, who led the guild during the tumultuous 2007-08 writers strike, is making a return to guild politics. The veteran news and documentary writer is tossing his hat into the ring as one of 11 candidates vying for seven freelance seats on the guild's council.
Winship served as president for five consecutive two-year terms – starting just before the strike and ending in September.
Council elections are divided into two categories… Read