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Corporate, Gangsta Capitalism can vote with there money in an unfettered manner and unions in the non-right to work states are without the power to require workers, who benefit from a union as part of their contract with management, to be required to pay union dues.

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SAG, AFTRA start talks with studios

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SAGWatch: SAG at a Crossroads

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Interview with Anne-Marie Johnson

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Teamsters, studios fail to break stalemate

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The union meets in Burbank early Sunday morning, where the leadership is expected to seek – and obtain – a strike authorization vote from members. That authorization would, in turn, allow union leaders to call a strike at any time after the July 31 expiration of their contract with the studios and producers. Tags: Teamsters strike Labor Unions

Kathy Joosten Responds to Martin Sheen

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SAG Presidential Election Close

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AFTRA employees sign new pact

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Teamsters Ratify Contract; Strike Averted

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KCRW Interview re SAG

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SAG Strike Authorization Ballots

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Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

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Remember the lawsuit that former SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First members (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) filed against their own union? None of the other guild/union books do, and the WGA has even moved away from the small format books to a large size that’s more manageable. It turns out even unions sometimes have unions.

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Basic Cable Clarification & Details

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Sources close to both unions confirmed that there have been emails and conversations between the two unions, with one source implying that these informal communications have been between the National Executive Directors of the two organizations, David White (SAG) and Kim Roberts Hedgepeth (AFTRA). That comment points out a difference in philosophy between the two unions, at least to date. The source close to AFTRA says the union has statistics on this.

Hollywood Labor: The Tyranny of Time

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One key to understanding Hollywood labor is a tool that was invented thousands of years ago: the calendar. The actors—SAG’s leadership in particular—want to spend 2011 working towards merger of the two unions. The AMPTP knows that it’s important for the actors to get their deal done by November, and will be able to hold the unions up against the wall of that deadline if need be. Tags: Labor Unions AFTRA AMPTP SAG

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SAG-AMPTP Meeting Tentatively Planned for Early Next Week

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Rosenberg v. SAG Lawsuit Reply Brief Filed

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Union-Focused Journalist Departs to Academia

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Andrew is one of a small corps of journalists whose beats include entertainment labor. Tags: Labor Unions Andrew Salomon, the National News Editor of Back Stage and author of the magazine’s Espresso blog , is leaving his job effective July 31. He’s joining the faculty of SUNY Purchase ( Purchase College at the State University of New York) as a tenure-track assistant professor of journalism.

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AMPTP Offer

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Fixing the Residuals System

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SAG National Executive Director Firing – How it Went Down

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Upon receipt of this document, he is to cease and desist in all work on behalf of this union. He is no longer the National Executive Director and has no authority to take any action, make any statement on behalf of this union or direct any Guild employee to take any action. Tags: SAG Labor Unions strike The SAG board’s moderate majority fired National Executive Director Doug Allen today by using a document signed by board members and called a “written assent.”

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Pilot Season 94% AFTRA

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It’s ironic that Membership First, whose partisans generally hate AFTRA, has turned out to be one of the best things to have happened to that union in a long time. Tags: SAG AMPTP Membership First Labor Unions strike 66 out of 70 TV pilots this year will be shot under AFTRA jurisdiction, reports the Hollywood Reporter today. That’s 94% for AFTRA and only 6% for SAG. Meanwhile, I’ve been told somewhat different numbers that calculate out to about 87% AFTRA.

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Little-Noticed Music Deal

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Everyone listens to music, but musicians unions may not attract the same attention. Turns out their union, the American Federation of Musicians, made a deal three weeks ago with the studios — but it appears (correct me if I’m mistaken) that no one reported it (though the LA Times did mention that the deal was in negotiation). Tags: Labor Unions AFMA

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Auld Lang SAG

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SAG Files Motion to Dismiss Rosenberg Appeal

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As you'll recall, several months ago, SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other hardliners (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) sued their own union, seeking to enjoin negotiations and reverse personnel and procedural changes that they correctly anticipated would pave the way for a deal on terms the hardliners are pledged to oppose. So, SAG's legal fees will continue to mount, courtesy of the union's own president and 1st VP.

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Baby You Can Drive My Car: Hollywood Health Plans May Have to Pay “Cadillac Plan” Tax

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Hollywood unions have long bargained for great health benefits, often foregoing a portion of wage increases in order to fund those benefits (as well as valuable pension benefits). The President met with union leaders Monday and indicated he may compromise on the issue. Tags: union Labor Unions health plans

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SAG-AFTRA Commercials Update

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The unions retain the option of seeking a strike authorization, the source added, but are not planning to do so as yet, given the incremental progress being made. Tags: advertising SAG Labor Unions JPC Commercials AFTRA strike Small moves by each side, but movement nonetheless, characterizes the ongoing commercials contract negotiations being held in New York between SAG and AFTRA jointly and the advertising industry, according to a source close to the talks.

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SAG & AMPTP Confirm Meetings for Next Tues-Weds

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SAG: Opposition Grows to Strike Authorization

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Leno’s All Charged Up

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Meanwhile, ironically, Jay made Hollywood labor news again in December, when it was announced that his show was moving to primetime, displacing five hours of scripted primetime programming per week and causing a commensurate loss of acting jobs that upset SAG. If found guilty, penalties could include a reprimand, a fine or even expulsion from the union (this last seems unlikely). Tags: WGA Jay Leno Labor Unions strike

Lawsuit Blocks SAG Negotiations

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A lawsuit to be filed this morning by Screen Actors Guild president Alan Rosenberg against his own union has blocked scheduled negotiations between the Guild and the studio alliance, or AMPTP. Rosenberg , notably, threatened two weeks ago to lead a “ fucking civil war ” in the union if Allen were fired. The self-pitying Rosenberg of a few days ago is gone, replaced by the more-familiar hardliner who seems ready to burn the union down in order to save it.

SAG Lawsuit Still Grinds On; Court Denies SAG’s Motion to Dismiss Appeal

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All of this sounds like a campaign issue that Unite for Strength will probably raise—why reelect a president who persists in suing his own union? Tags: Labor Unions Unite for Strength Membership First SAG

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SAG Presidential Candidate: I'll Seek Strike Authorization Next Year if Elected

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She denied that, but said that union members would feel the impact of new media defects in the existing contract before the negotiations next fall, and added that she thought at least 75% of the board will support a strike authorization. It’s my sense that Johnson may be at least partially right – i.e., that the union’s board would support a strike authorization, albeit not unanimously. How bizarre that she’s sued the union she now seeks to lead.)

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SAG Hardliners: The Trojan Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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SAG President’s Anti-SAG Suit Continues

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For those who like keeping up with legal dockets, SAG a few days ago filed its Respondent’s Brief in the appeals court case that stems from the lawsuit filed by SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First hardliners (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) against their own union. Tags: Labor Unions Membership First SAG

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Hollywood Crew Deal Ratified

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As expected, the membership of IATSE , the union representing Hollywood crew members, ratified that organization’s proposed contract with the studios yesterday, although not without significant opposition. The new contract takes effect August 1 and runs for three years, as is usual with Hollywood labor agreements. Tags: advertising SAG AMPTP IATSE Labor Unions union Commercials strike

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SAG Awards: Impressions from the Red Carpet

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Alec Baldwin and Sally Field both took home statues, despite being targets of a blacklist aimed at nominees who opposed the union’s position on a strike authorization. That’s an allusion to the Employee Free Choice Act —proposed legislation that would make it easier to unionize.

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SAG Hardliners' Picnic No Walk in the Park

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SAG Moderates Win Presidency, Secr. + Additional 4 Natl Seats

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In a victory for the SAG moderate coalition (Unite for Strength / USAN / independents), the UFS candidates for president, Ken Howard, and secretary, Amy Aquino, won the union's national offices. So the union is still very divided, and Howard acknowledged that the results were not a landslide and that the union is very divided, while saying that he planned to reach out to MF supporters. Tags: Labor Unions Unite for Strength Membership First SAG

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Will SAG Strike? – Conference Call

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Rosenberg v. SAG: Court of Appeal Implies Appeal May be Moot

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Alan Rosenberg is no longer president of SAG, nor even a national board member, but his lawsuit against his own union drags on pointlessly. Tags: Labor Unions Membership First SAG Believe it or not, he’s still trying to undo Doug Allen’s firing, the appointment of David White, the ratification of the TV/theatrical contract and, no doubt, the discovery of a new ring around Saturn. That last is probably a particularly bitter blow for the ex-president.

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SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

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Ratification ballots will go out to the members of both unions next week, with a return date in mid-May. Back to the tentative TV/theatrical deal: Critically, this deal would expire on June 30, 2011, effectively synchronizing it with the Writers Guild, Directors Guild and AFTRA (smaller actors union) deals. This synchronicity should give the unions significant leverage, which raises the question of why the studios agreed to it. Change isn’t limited to the labor side.

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SAG Moderates Win NY & Everywhere Else

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