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.

IATSE Hires Epidemiologists to Consult on Return-to-Work Procedures

May 18, 2020

IATSE has hired a trio of epidemiologists to consult the union on best practices for workers in the entertainment industry to safely return to work in the era of COVID-19. “We want everyone to get back to work as soon as possible, but we need to do it right,” says IATSE international president Matthew Loeb. “We are working with these epidemiologists and employers […]

Amazon Workers are Organizing for the Long Haul

May 18, 2020

Amazon logistics workers have won much attention for organizing during the pandemic. Around the country workers have signed petitions demanding protections, and in New York, Michigan, Illinois, and Washington, some have even struck and walked out. These actions have generated support from our tech coworkers in Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, politicians, and the wider public. Given Amazon’s centrality in our economy, this marks a crucial […]

Hollywood Giants Plan More Cost-Cutting, Brace for Pandemic Recession

May 14, 2020

With Hollywood first-quarter earnings season now wrapped, sector giants have made clear that more of the financial pain of the novel coronavirus pandemic will, as expected, hit their results for the current second quarter, which started after the initial virus impact in March. With revenue dragged down across divisions — from the closed theme park units and […]

Start of WGA Contract Talks with AMPTP Delayed Until May 18

May 10, 2020

The WGA and the AMPTP have delayed the start of their contract negotiations by a week because of scheduling issues. The talks for a new film and TV deal, which had been set to start next week, will now begin on May 18. The AMPTP is also in the midst of negotiating a new contract with SAG-AFTRA. The WGA’s current pact had been set to expire on May 1, but after considerable wrangling, it agreed to the AMPTP’s offer to extend […]

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Announces Working Group to Help Reopen Film and TV

May 8, 2020

On Friday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of a series of working groups across key industries, including film and TV. The mayor said each of these groups has already been working for weeks, and their aim is to offer “guidance from experts on how we [reopen] safely.” The working groups are “assembling a tool kit with key health and […]

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