About Jeffrey Burman
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.

The American Prospect: One Billionaire vs. the US Mail

July 9, 2020

“The underlying problem is a punishing 2006 law requiring USPS to prefund its retiree medical benefits 75 years in advance,” writes Alexandra Bradbury in Labor Notes. “This onerous requirement … makes it look like the postal service is in the red—creating an artificial crisis designed to pave the way for piecemeal privatization.” […]

Writers Guild’s TV/Theatrical Deal Caps Unusual Bargaining Cycle

July 8, 2020

The WGA, with WGA West executive director David Young as chief negotiator, reached a June 30 agreement on a three-year TV/theatrical deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, topping off a triennial negotiating cycle like none in recent memory … with ballots due July 22. […]

Ennio Morricone, Oscar-Winning Composer of Film Scores, Dies at 91

July 7, 2020

Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose atmospheric scores for spaghetti westerns and some 500 films by a Who’s Who of international directors made him one of the world’s most versatile and influential creators of music for the modern cinema, died on Monday in Rome. He was 91. […]

Ri-Karlo Handy, Editors Guild, The Urban League Team Up with Mentorship Program

July 3, 2020

The history of labor unions and social change in America are obviously deeply entwined. Now a portion of that alliance is marching to increasing inclusion and opportunity in Hollywood with studios, streamers and Tyler Perry. The Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700 has teamed up with SunWise Media co-founder Ri-Karlo Handy and the LA Urban League […]

WGA Leaders Endorse Tentative Deal with Producers on New Film and TV Contract

July 3, 2020

Writers Guild of America leaders have endorsed the union’s tentative deal negotiated last week with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. In an email message Friday morning, union leaders said that “both the WGAW Board and WGAE Council voted unanimously to recommend the contract.” Earlier last week, the WGA and […]

L.A. Public Radio Station KCRW Secures First Collective Bargaining Agreement

July 2, 2020

Employees at Santa Monica-based KCRW-FM, which airs news and music from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs, have completed their first collective bargaining agreement, the latest action in a growing move in public radio and podcasting to unionize. The group We Are KCRW said in a tweet Thursday that it had reached a tentative agreement on a […]

Salon: Why Labor Unions Make People Less Racist

July 1, 2020

“Compared to non-union workers, union members have higher wages and smaller gender and racial wage disparities,” writes Matthew Rozca in Salon. “Now, a new research paper finds that stronger labor unions have an anti-racist side effect: white union members feel less racial resentment against Blacks than their non-union counterparts. The paper published in the American Journal of Political Science, called […]