Big Labor Unions Step Up Presidential-Election Spending

October 18, 2016

US labor unions are plowing money into the 2016 elections at an unprecedented rate in a frenzied effort to help elect Hillary Clinton and give Democrats a majority in the Senate. According to the most recent campaign-finance filings, unions spent […]

New York Uber Drivers Secure Unemployment Benefits

October 14, 2016

In September 2015, Uber driver Levon Aleksanian welcomed his second child into the world. Two days later, he said, the ride-hailing giant terminated him. Now, in a move New York City’s taxi driver’s union and others are praising, the New York state […]

I Cut My Teeth on Kinescopes

August 1, 2016

My interests in film and theatre started at Roy Elementary School in Northlake, Illinois, when I got to do lighting for school plays. […]

The Doc Workers of New York: Pushing for Union Jobs Editing Non-Fiction

June 1, 2015

The documentary form has been around since the beginning of cinema, and over the past 15 years, pundits have bruited this past decade and a half as “The Golden Age of Documentaries.” No matter the platform — theatrical, television or online — documentary has transformed itself from the margins to the mainstream as a galvanizing and provocative art form. […]

The Busy Boom Years of Local 771

September 1, 2012

The 1980s were very busy years for the East Coast Editors Guild, Local 771, and the period of its highest level of membership. By 1987, more than 1,200 people were working in features and at the television networks. […]

Striking Just the Right Balance

November 1, 2010

A ”Jack-of-all-trades and master of none” is what I thought of myself until I turned 30. That’s when my wife, Carole Ann, found an ad for an engineering job at CBS. Knowing nothing about the broadcasting industry, I was reluctant, but with the help of my degree from the Western Electronic Institute and some last-minute cram sessions at the library, I was hired as an engineer in the videotape department. […]

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