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Slate Staffers Ratify First Contract With WGA East

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The editorial and podcast staff of Slate, the politics and news website, has ratified its first contract with the WGA East. The 51-member Slate staff is the latest of more than a dozen online news sites that have organized under the guild's umbrella, including Salon, HuffPost, Vice and ThinkProgress. "Slate's editorial staff demonstrates that strong union contracts can be achieved through persistence and people power," said WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson… Read

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Teamsters Urged To Honor Striking L.A. Teachers’ Picket Lines As Hollywood Guilds Show Solidarity

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UPDATED with FilmL.A. saying production at LAUSD schools continue: Teamsters Local 399 is urging its members to honor the striking Los Angeles teachers' picket lines, which could disrupt plans for filming on campuses at local schools, which have long been favorite locations for film and TV shoots. "Honor the picket line!" the union says on its website. "You have the right to honor the United Teachers Los Angeles picket lines," the union said. "Teamsters don't cross picket… Read

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Hollywood Steps Up For Parents As L.A. Teachers’ Strike Starts Today

EXCLUSIVE: Agencies, studios, networks and streamers across Hollywood will be playing school starting today as teachers in Los Angeles go on strike for the first time in 30 years. Across the nation's second largest school district, various plans are in place to offer "flexibility," as one agency exec expressed, for employees now facing a Monday with children not in school as picket lines went up at 7:30 AM this wet LA morning. "We have taken what I think are supportive… Read

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NFL Launches Its Players Coalition Social Justice Program, ‘Inspire Change’

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The National Football League has created a social justice platform, Inspire Change, fulfilling a promised part of the league’s effort to calm the waters following last year’s national anthem protests by players. The NFL announced the initiative Friday, emphasizing its commitment to education, economic development and community and police relations. The league will provide funding to grassroots organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Operation… Read

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Hollywood Unions Stand In Solidarity With LA Teachers On Eve Of Potential Strike

Hollywood unions are lining up in support of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s teachers, who appear likely to strike on Monday. Negotiations between the teachers union and the Los Angeles Unified School District ended Friday without a deal. Los Angeles Schools Superintendent Austin Beutner had a revised offer for the union, but apparently failed to reach an agreement. Issues in the labor dispute center include a raise for teachers, five-day a week nursing in the… Read

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Casting Directors Ratify New Teamsters Contract With AMPTP

Casting directors and associates in Los Angeles and New York have ratified a new three-year contract that was negotiated on their behalf by Teamsters locals 399 in LA and 817 in New York. The joint agreement with management’s AMPTP covers some 400 casting professionals in LA and about 100 in New York. "These were difficult negotiations, but we got a good contract for our casting directors and associates," said Steve Dayan, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 399. "It… Read

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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Production Company Hit With Unfair Labor Complaint

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EXCLUSIVE: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is having labor pains. The Emmy-winning Amazon comedy series’ production company, Picrow Streaming, has been accused by IATSE Local 52 in New York of making "coercive statements" and "changes in terms of conditions of employment" in violation of federal labor law that prohibits discriminating against employees because of their union activities. The allegations are currently under investigation by the National Labor Relations Board. The… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Slams Brighthouse Financial For Using Struck Ad Agency To Shoot Non-Union Ad

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SAG-AFTRA is calling out Brighthouse Financial, the insurance and investment giant, for using ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty to create a non-union commercial, which was shot in New York and New Jersey this week using mostly senior citizens working for non-union wages. The union has been on strike against BBH since September, following the agency's decision not to continue as a union signatory. "If Brighthouse Financial stands by their mission to help people achieve… Read

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Broadway Producers To Submit New Proposals In Talks With Striking Actors’ Equity Over Profit Sharing – Update

Update, with Broadway League response Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin tells Deadline that producers will submit new proposals to Actors’ Equity for another round of talks next week as the two sides resume negotiations over the sticky topic of profit sharing for cast members who contribute to show development. “We absolutely believe we will end up with a deal that’s good for everybody,” St. Martin said, responding to the union’s announcement today of a… Read

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Vice News Outlets Ratify New Contracts In WGA East’s Ongoing Drive To Unionize Digital News

Writers and producers at four Vice Media news outlets have voted overwhelmingly to ratify contracts negotiated on their behalf by the WGA East. The new pacts, which cover some 200 staffers at Vice Editorial, Vice News, Viceland and Vice Digital, were approved by 98% of those who voted, the guild said. The new contracts are just the latest in the guild’s ongoing campaign to unionize digital news sites. "Collective bargaining ensures that WGAE-represented employees have the… Read

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Disabled Stuntwoman Leslie Hoffman Wins Major Appeals Court Ruling In Suit Against SAG Pension Plan

Disabled stuntwoman Leslie Hoffman has won a major legal battle in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has reversed a lower court's ruling and ordered a trial of her lawsuit that claimed that the SAG Pension Plan wrongfully terminated her occupational disability pension. In a ruling handed down today, the appellate court found that US District Court Judge Manuel Real had "erred" in granting the pension plan's motion for summary judgment in 2016, reversed his… Read

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Another IATSE Official Arrested For Embezzling From His Local Union

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Yet another IATSE official has been arrested for embezzling funds from his local – the 15th local leader from across the country to be so charged or convicted since 2008. The latest to be charged is Ivar Carlson, the former business agent and treasurer of the now-defunct IATSE Local B-935 in Worcester, MA. According to the U.S. Attorney's office in Massachusetts, Carlson embezzled more than $37,000 from the local from March 2007 through September 2016 by writing checks… Read