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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.

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 ...

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.

The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight Strikes Again

Mike Farrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Farrell

SAG wants a strike that will put the few casts and crews now working on SAG projects out on the street with millions of other Americans.

Exclusive: SAG-AFTRA New Media Battle?

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Although no one else has publicly raised this issue to my knowledge, buried in the SAG deal on the table are the seeds of a scathing fight for control of the future of new media.

AFTRA Video Interview

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

AFTRA's got a deal, but SAG doesn't. Variety says AFTRA's been signing up new TV shows. What else is going on with this union, a smaller rival to th...

Live Streaming Video Interview with AFTRA National Executive Director

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

On Look at LA this week, I'm doing a live streaming video interview with AFTRA's National Executive Director, Kim Roberts Hedgpeth. As you probably k...

Narrow Margin: AFTRA Ratifies Primetime Contract by 62.4%

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG will be emboldened by the low yes vote achieved by AFTRA, and is likely to resist compromise with the AMPTP for some time to come.

Marxism in Hollywood

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Marx posited that history repeats itself: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. This year seems proof of that with the SAG commercials contract expiring this fall.

George Clooney Plays Peacemaker In Actors Dispute

AP | RYAN NAKASHIMA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — George Clooney just wants actors to get along instead of choosing between sparring unions. In a two-page letter released Thursday...

TV, Film Actors' Unions Sever Ties

AP | ANDREW DALTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Unions representing film and television actors will negotiate separately with producers in upcoming contract talks after board mem...