IATSE, AFL-CIO Express Anguish at George Floyd’s Death

June 3, 2020

“We share in the heartbreak, frustration and anger surrounding the tragic murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police. We stand in solidarity with the African-American community as together we grieve yet another lawless, racist killing in our country,” said IATSE president Matt Loeb in a press release. “Racism plays an insidious role in the daily lives of all working people of color,” said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka in […]

Unions, Studios Release Back-to-Work Guidelines Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

June 1, 2020

The entertainment industry has released its blueprint for resuming production amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 22-page “white paper” was delivered Monday to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office and will also be delivered to California Governor Gavin Newsom along with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. […]

Trumka: COVID-19 and the Symptoms of Structural Discrimination in Our Society

May 31, 2020

“We often hear people say that the coronavirus doesn’t discriminate,” said AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. “We know that’s far from the truth. It has, and it will continue to. We’ve known for decades that women and minority communities don’t have equal access to health care. These inequities come in many forms. Hospital systems don’t […]

COVID-19 Workplace Complaints Surge; Unions Rip Administration

May 31, 2020

A surge in coronavirus-related workplace complaints is fueling criticism from unions and Democratic lawmakers that the Labor Department is ill-equipped to ensure workers are safe as more businesses reopen. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the Labor Department, has received more than 5,000 complaints […]

Unions Flex Their Muscle as Hollywood Scrambles Back to Work

May 30, 2020

Just before Memorial Day, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced during a Zoom session … that within days, the state would issue guidelines allowing many counties to resume production, some as early as this past week. … Almost as soon as the news broke, a chorus of union representatives weighed in, putting the brakes on any imminent […]

Harvey Weinstein Raped Four Women, New Lawsuit Alleges

May 29, 2020

A new lawsuit emerged on Thursday claiming that convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein raped four additional women, including one woman who was 17 at the time of her attack. Court documents filed in New York include claims from four women for alleged sexual assaults that occurred between 1984 and 2013. A 43 year-old woman alleges Weinstein raped her in 1994, when she was 17. The filing says the woman was looking to break into […]

Film Academy Changes Voting Method to Determine Governors for Its Board

May 27, 2020

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to eliminate — at least for this year — the ‘Final Four’ stage of its annual board elections, and to begin using a preferential ballot — just like the one used to determine the best picture Oscar — to pick board members, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. […]

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