November 19, 2013
By Marc Bussanich
New York, NY—Reality TV has been popular among audiences and profitable for the cable networks for a long time, but according to the writers and producers of popular Reality TV shows such as Pawn Stars, The First 48 and Fatal Encounters they are having to work sometimes 60 to 80 hours per week without overtime pay. The Writers Guild of America East hopes to organize about 1,500 of them and sign collective bargaining agreements with the major networks.
August 8, 2013
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Roberta Reardon Urges SAG-AFTRA to Organize More
“Organizing is job one,” says SAG-AFTRA co-president Roberta Reardon. “The growth of nonunion work in New York is shocking, especially in commercials.”
She’s now running against incumbent Mike Hodge for the presidency of the new union’s New York local. It’s the first election since the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists merged with the Screen Actors Guild in March 2012—a move that Reardon, then AFTRA’s president, strongly advocated.
By Frank Emspac, Executive Producer Workers Independent News
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June 25, 2013
By Steven Wishnia
In front of a packed hall at the District Council of Carpenters headquarters, LaborPress honored six New York union leaders for "outstanding achievement" on June 13, 2013. The six were James Claffey, president of International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 1; Robert Croghan and Sheila Gorsky, chairperson and executive director of the Organization of Staff Analysts; New York State United Teachers President Richard Iannuzzi; Terrence Moore, business manager of the Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46; and Richard Whalen, a regional director and vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers.
June 17, 2013
By Diane Cohen
New York, NY - Actor Esai has publicly announced his intention to run for SAG-AFTRA President against Ken Howard. Morales, is currently appearing in the new Starz series "Magic City," and is a national board member of SAG-AFTRA. The newly-merged union holds its first combined election in July. Ballots for the national elections will go out July 16 and the deadline for their return is August 15. The president, secretary-treasurer and the majority of the board seats will be filled.
May 8, 2013
By Neal Tepel
The Local 802 has placed the nightclub '54 Below' on its Unfair List effective May 8. That club is being boycotted by Local 802 and should be avoided until the labor dispute is settled. Why is 54 Below being put on the Unfair List? After numerous requests, 54 Below has refused to bargain with Local 802, claiming they are not the employer of musicians. 54 Below employs musicians as part of self-contained acts as well as musicians who the club employs directly to play for various showcases, open mikes and "late night" entertainment.
April 4, 2013
By Stephanie West
NEW YORK NY – Representatives of SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee representing the advertising industry have agreed to extend for one week the current Screen Actors Guild Television Recorded Commercials agreement and AFTRA Radio Recorded Commercials agreement.
By Adam Witkowski
Allegro, March 2013
Reprinted in LaborPress March 21, 2013
Musicians backing up Josh Groban win contract and benefits, thanks to an anonymous tip. Have you ever gone into a job that you assume to be union, only to find out at the last minute that there is no contract? That is exactly the situation members of Local 802 and Local 47 found themselves in when they entered the Allen Room to begin a rehearsal for a Josh Groban concert on Feb. 4.