SAG-AFTRA announced Thursday that Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, MPA has joined SAG-AFTRA’s team of specialists advising the union in developing and implementing new safety protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 when production resumes. A nationally-recognized expert in public health preparedness and communication, Fielding brings decades of public health expertise to the mission of […]
Performers union SAG-AFTRA and major motion picture and television studios will commence bargaining on Monday ahead of a June 30 contract extension, the union and studio alliance said Friday in unexpected news.
The union representing sports broadcast technicians is launching ads on cable TV as it ratchets up a fight with regional sports network owner Sinclair.
The Directors Guild and management’s AMPTP will begin negotiations for a new TV and film contract on Feb. 10, making the DGA the first guild — as it has been in the last two bargaining cycles — to sit down with the companies, and thus setting the pattern of bargaining in which the AMPTP will expect the WGA and SAG-AFTRA to follow.
The Writers Guild of America’s demand for more streaming residuals from the studios could set the stage for the first industrywide strike in more than a decade. And it’s not just that writers are in a fighting mood after feuding with the agencies for more than nine months: there’s big money at stake – and not just from the ever-growing streaming market, but also from what the guild says are “hundreds of millions of dollars” that will be going into the pockets of the studios if it prevails in its lawsuit and packaging fees are eliminated.
A wave of union-organizing has swept over the digital media industry over the past three years. One by one, journalists employed by the once-scrappy start-ups and venture-capital darlings of the Internet have banded together to negotiate collectively.
Writers and editors at Slate have voted nearly unanimously to green-light a strike, escalating tensions between the digital publication and its newly unionized employees. Slate’s editorial employees authorized the potential strike by a vote of 52 to 1, according to a spokesman for the Writers Guild of America – East, and are now weighing when they may walk off the job.
After years of painful, protracted decline, the Los Angeles Times has recently descended into chaos: There have been three editors-in-chief in less than six months; the publisher has been put on leave for prior sexual harassment allegations; and the newly unionized staff already fears that the owner is trying to bust up their union. Mistrust is high, morale low. The ultimate fate of the paper is an open question in the newsroom.
Jim Kirk, the former publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, will take over as editor in chief. He will replace Lewis D’Vorkin, whose tenure roiled the newsroom.
The newsroom employees of the Los Angeles Times have voted to form a union for the first time amid growing turmoil at the storied paper. The National Labor Relations Board counted the ballots in downtown Los Angeles; the final vote count, according to the union and supporters and observers who were in the room and tweeting during the vote, was 248-44.
Sinclair Broadcast Group said Thursday that International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union Number 51 is no longer representing Sinclair employees at its ABC affiliate WICS Springfield, Ill. (DMA 88). The union had represented six employees until its contract expired on Nov. 15. “At Sinclair, employees are our most valuable asset. We are pleased that as an […]
Journalists at the paper, in the middle of organizing a union, disagreed with the new editor’s call to lie low on social media.
News unions are back. They never really went away, of course, but for the first time in memory they are proactive rather than on the defensive. They are strong on promoting diversity and editorial independence, and often provide impressive raises, but tend to skimp on traditional worker protections — overtime pay and even just-cause firing — because they aren’t seen as that important to the new generation of newspeople.
Organized labor has begun a major push to unionize writers, producers and on-air talent who work on Vice Media’s video and TV programming, after successfully organizing digital newsrooms in recent years.
On Dec. 29, 2016, employees of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate WTOV Wheeling, W.Va.-Steubenville, Ohio, filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to decertify the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 246. On Jan. 24, a secret ballot election was held. All employees who voted elected to no longer have representation by […]
Following in the stead of a number of pureplay news organizations, a majority of MTV’s staffers are now looking for union representation of their own. Daniel Marans reports that more than 80% of 50 eligible employees have voted for the Writers Guild of America, East to represent them.
While a majority of editorial staffers at Fusion signed union cards earlier this month, their efforts face new resistance from upper level management at the millennial-geared web publisher. According to Fusion staffers, executives have told employees at meetings in New York, Miami, Oakland and Los Angeles over the past two weeks that unionization would alter benefits, impact hiring and firing, hinder communication between writers and editors and cap salaries.
It has been nearly six months since Gabrielle Carteris, the former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress and longtime labor activist, was elected as president of Hollywood’s largest union — and she’s already making her mark.