Labor unrest is hitting SAG close to home.
Negotiations between the actors guild and Teamsters Local 986, which represents more than 40 of SAG's Los Angeles-based business representatives, have gotten bumpy. The contract between the parties expired June 1, and one issue still to be resolved is what wage increases the new deal will grant.
Yes, even unions have unions. In this negotiation, SAG functions as management, not labor. After about a dozen meetings, the two sides are far apart, with the key sticking issues being wages and a SAG proposal to require the employees to arbitrate discrimination and sexual harassment claims rather than file them in court.
For more details, see my piece in The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i7ac2488e5367c3860b8b6e94dda149c5.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Labor unrest is hitting SAG close to home.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Teamsters ratified their contract several weeks ago. However, four other basic crafts (plumbers, plasterers, electricians and laborers) negotiate alongside the Teamsters. Ratification by those unions was expected and, indeed, the AMPTP said today that the last of those just ratified their contract. Here's the organization's press statement:
"The five Basic Crafts Unions have now ratified new contracts with the producers represented by the AMPTP, ensuring that production can continue without interruption for the studios and union members. The two sides reached a fair deal with gains in wages, benefits and other terms for the unions while recognizing the current economic realities of the industry. This would not have been possible without hard work and commitment of the leadership of each of the Basic Crafts Unions, whose negotiating committee was chaired by Local 399 Secretary-Treasurer Leo T. Reed. The five Basic Crafts Unions are International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 40, Plumbers, Local No. 78, Teamsters, Local No. 399, Studio Utility Employees, Local No. 724, and Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons, Local No. 755."
Posted by Jonathan Handel at 3:53 PM
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The lawsuit filed 1-1/2 years ago by SAG's then-president Alan Rosenberg against his own union has finally been formally dismissed, according to court records and a source with knowledge of the matter. The formal dismissal actually came in late July, but appears not to have previously been reported. The dismissal was expected, as the judge had ruled on the matter a month earlier.
The action ends with a whimper a suit that attempted to reinstate SAG's previous National Executive Director, Doug Allen, and impede the ultimate achievement of the 2009 agreement between SAG and the studios and producers.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Ballots in Hollywood and New York will be mailed on August 24 with a return deadline and tabulation on September 23. Election results are expected to be announced that evening.
The Hollywood Division will elect 13 national board members and 22 alternates. Twelve candidate positions will be seated for a three year term and one candidate position will be seated for a one (1) year term (all national board alternates serve for one year).
The New York Division will elect five national board members and nine alternates. Each seat is for a three-year term.
Directors holding nine other national board seats will be elected from SAG Branches outside Hollywood and New York. Most of them have already been elected - see below.
Note that anyone from Hollywood who is on the national board is automatically a member of the Hollywood board as well, but not vice versa.
1. Clancy Brown (MF)
All listed candidates are part of United Screen Actors Nationwide, a NY based slate that generally votes the same as UFS, with the exception of Tom Nonnon, who is independent.
1. Manny Alfaro
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Federal Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco has struck down as unconstitutional California's Proposition 8, which prohibited same-sex marriage. Want to take a deep dive and read the 136 page decision? It's almost impossible to find a copy, since servers (including the most linked-to Scribd copy) are overloaded. Here's a Scribd copy that's easily downloadable and has only been read by fewer than 100 people as of this writing: