SAG-AFTRA Contract Battle with Telemundo Receives Support from Latin American Actors’ Federation

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on April 3, 2017.

SAG-AFTRA has received the support of the Latin American sector of the International Federation of Actors in the union’s ongoing efforts to negotiate a contract on behalf of Telemundo’s on-air performers.

According to the guild, “FIA-LA’s statement of support includes a unanimous declaration that the unions and their members will not permit Telemundo to move productions to their countries if the network carries out its threatened retaliation as a result of the recent historical unionization vote.”

“We are thrilled to have the support of the FIA-LA and FIA,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “It is a powerful statement of strength in numbers and a welcome expression of global solidarity from our Latin American counterparts.”

Earlier this month, Spanish-speaking performers at Telemundo voted 91-21 to be represented by SAG-AFTRA in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. This, the union said, came “despite Telemundo’s attempts to prevent unionization” and implying that “it might move its productions outside of the United States if their performers unionized.” …

Deadline Hollywood 4/3

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