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Jonathan Handel | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

'The Noir Series' harkens back to the days of live TV but presents a thoroughly modern challenge to entertainment unions 'Bad Medicine,' a segment...

Jay Leno Shows His Union Solidarity

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Last night, when he didn't have to do so, he demonstrated which side he is on.

Is Hollywood As Gay-Friendly As We Perceive It To Be?

AP | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

LOS ANGELES -- A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, ...

Actors Union SAG-AFTRA and Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

Jonathan Handel | Posted 09.20.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union's commercials agr...

Unions Investigating 'Liz & Dick' After Lindsay Lohan, Crew Allegedly Overworked

Jonathan Handel | Posted 08.19.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Two prominent Hollywood unions are investigating the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick, The Hollywood Reporter (exclusive) has learned, with the moves com...

As the World Turns

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.01.2012 | Business
Paula Gordon

SAG-AFTRA, one union, now stands where once there were a separate Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Actors. The labor movement is far from dead.

Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.

David Macaray | Posted 03.21.2012 | Entertainment
David Macaray

It's now obvious that unions across the country are being assaulted, and that the middle-class is being systematically dismantled. And it's equally obvious that Hollywood -- glamorous and fabled as it is -- has jumped on that bandwagon.

AFTRA, Networks Reach New Three Year Deal

Jonathan Handel | Posted 02.08.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

AFTRA and the television networks reached agreement on a new three-year contract today, with the new pact featuring now-standard 2% annual wage in...

Health and Retirement Are the Hangup in AFTRA Netcode Negotiations (Exclusive)

Jonathan Handel | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

AFTRA's negotiations with the networks and television producers resume this week and the big issue, according to a source close to the process, is th...

AFTRA Retirement Board Sues JP Morgan Chase

Jonathan Handel | Posted 06.11.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The retirement plan is said to have lost $2-3 million because of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the bank. That's not a lot of money is percent...

We Are All Wisconsin Workers

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

My kinship with Wisconsin workers is based on my history as a proud pro-union Democrat. But you need not share my history to share my stake in their efforts to protect collective bargaining.

AFTRA Moves Closer to Merger with SAG

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

For the first time, the union's national board votes on the current merger attempt, passing a key resolution "overwhelmingly"; the measure includes a ...

AFTRA Endorses IATSE 'Biggest Loser' Organizing Campaign

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The union issued an unequivocal statement of support. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. ------------------------------- Watch for my new book ...

SAG/AFTRA and DGA Schedule Details Emerge

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Timing of ballots and negotiations disclosed. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. ------------------------------- Watch for my new book "Hollyw...

SAG/AFTRA Merger Details Hinted

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG may seek to merge the unions prior to the pension and health plans; completion in 2011 may be the SAG goal. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piec...

Basic Cable Clarification and Details

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The Basic Cable Live Action, Basic Cable Animation and TV Animation contracts negotiations with producers are tentatively scheduled to begin November 7, 2010.

Hollywood Labor: The Tyranny of Time

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

One key to understanding Hollywood labor is a tool that was invented thousands of years ago: the calendar. So with the SAG-AFTRA negotiations upon us, let's look at what the 2010-2011 bargaining cycle has in store.

Rank-and-File Workers, Professional Athletes, Actors, and Recording Artists Tweet Their #Unionmember Pride

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Over this past Labor Day weekend, American Rights at Work teamed up with Actors' Equity, AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Major League Baseball...

DGA to Negotiate on SAG & AFTRA's Heels

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The Directors Guild announced on its website today that it will begin negotiations with the AMPTP (studio alliance) in mid-November.

Silly Lawsuit Against SAG Dismissed; and More

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Remember the lawsuit that former SAG president Alan Rosenberg and three other Membership First members (1st VP Anne-Marie Johnson and board members Diane Ladd and Kent McCord) filed against their own union?

A "New" Entertainment Union -- And a Possible Name

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

AFTRA is interested in merger with the Screen Actors Guild, but not if the effort is going to fail again.

Magic Envelopes!

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
David Dean Bottrell

As we approach the next round of SAG-AFTRA-WGA negotiations, we will need to keep a close eye on the future of residuals.

SAG Approves Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

This morning, the Screen Actors Guild national board approved an agreement to hold joint negotiations with AFTRA and the studio alliance AMPTP for 45 days starting on October 1 of this year.

AFTRA Board Approves Joint Bargaining With SAG

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Handel

AFTRA's national board unanimously voted to approve joint bargaining with SAG for the Primetime Television Contract and the SAG TV/theatrical contract.

Summer 2011: A Perfect Storm for Hollywood's Labor Unions

The Wrap | Daniel Frankel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

It could be a perfect storm. Less than a year after the Screen Actors Guild finalized its contract with the studios -- ending one of the most tumu...