DGA President Tells Awards Crowd Guild is ‘Ready to Fight’ in Upcoming Contract Talks

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Photo by Variety/Shutterstock; Thomas Schlamme 72nd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards, Arrivals, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on January 25, 2020.

Hollywood is a union town, DGA president Thomas Schlamme declared at Saturday night’s DGA Awards, vowing that the guild is “seriously ready to fight” to protect its members’ economic and creative rights in its upcoming negotiations for a new film and TV contract.

“Amid a nation where unions are so tragically under assault and declining, it’s remarkable that we have collectively helped shape Hollywood into a town that so effectively runs on unionized labor,” he said during the guild’s 72nd annual DGA Awards at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Los Angeles. The DGA’s current contract expires July 1.

Enumerating the rights of DGA members in the workplace, he said that “When we start a new project, we can be free to approach it with our full creative force and energy, knowing that we needn’t worry about: the right to be appropriately compensated for our work; the right to be recognized and properly credited; the right to residual payments making us a partner in the success of our projects; the right to a pension for retirement – and by the way, for those dubious of democratic socialism, look no further than the DGA Pension Plan, which benefits each and every one of us. And the list goes on: The right to quality healthcare for us and our families; the right to be safe on set and protected from harassment; and the right to be free from discrimination by the gatekeepers who hire, so that we can be seen and judged as we should be: for talent, in all its shapes and forms.” …

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Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.

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