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11 Years Later, Feds Order CNN To Rehire Fired Union Workers!

September 15, 2014 (21:58) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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The National Labor Relations Board has reaffirmed its 2008 decision that CNN violated the rights of hundreds of unionized contract staffers in 2003 when it axed them in favor of non-unionized workers. The case stems from the cable net’s use of Team Video Services, a contractor that provided camera and tech services to CNN’s Washington and New York bureaus. The NLRB has ordered the network to offer jobs or ” substantially equivalent positions” to 100-plus of those affected workers. It also must repay all of the 300-plus staffers for loss of earnings and benefits and cease and desist from any anti-union doings. “CNN disagrees with the NLRB decision and we are evaluating our options,” a network
spokesman said.

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Shahs” Picketing Continues! 5757 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.!

September 14, 2014 (22:14) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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Sisters and brothers:

The mercury is already high, but on Monday we will be back on the picket line to turn up the heat some more!

Tomorrow, Local 700 members and our IATSE brethren will be back out in the L.A. sunshine to support the Shahs of Sunset crew on strike. In addition to our ongoing IATSE support, SAG-AFTRA has now issued a call to its L.A. activists to join us on the picket line. Union members throughout the entertainment industry are standing together to deliver a simple message: No contract, no Shahs.

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 Date: Monday, 9/15/2014

 Time: starting 10:00 A.M.

 Location: 5757 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., CA (just east of Hancock Park and the Tar Pits)

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On September 9, the IATSE sent a letter to Berne Productions, the Ryan Seacrest Productions subsidiary employing the crew of the unscripted Bravo series Shahs of Sunset, alerting the company that the crew sought union representation and an IATSE contract. When the company failed to respond, crew members walked off the job, disrupting production and post-production on the show’s fourth season. Despite an initial statement from Ryan Seacrest Productions that the company had “every intention of engaging in a discussion as soon as possible,” the employer has yet to respond to the crew’s demand for negotiations.

As the fight continues, we need to keep the pressure on the employer to come to the table. Please join the scores of folks — Local 700 members, members of other IATSE locals, and allies — who have already hefted picket signs in support of the Shahs strikers. Come walk tomorrow’s line to show you stand behind the courageous sisters and brothers taking a bold stand to improve their jobs and standards in our industry!

There is some street parking, but also paid parking lots nearby.

 Please write to OrganizingLA@editorsguild.com to let us know when you expect to be able to join us.

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Stay Cool!  While keeping the heat on these guys!

Arl

The Ol’ SAG Watchdog

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SAG-AFTRA Exec Named Chair of Conference of California Bar Associations!

September 13, 2014 (22:12) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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September 13, 2014 | 05:19PM PT

SAG-AFTRA exec Duncan Crabtree-Ireland has been named chairman of the Conference of California Bar Associations.

The org installed Crabtree-Ireland, who is chief operating officer and general counsel of SAG-AFTRA, at its annual meeting Saturday in San Diego. The org is comprised of various bar association members from California and aims to serve as a forum for examining legal issues of importance to the Golden State.

“It is truly an honor to lead the Conference of California Bar Associations and to work with its amazing officers, board, and delegates to improve the law and the administration of justice in California. CCBA’s work serving as an educational resource for the profession and the public and promoting professional excellence and respect for the law is incredibly important to the people of California,” Crabtree-Ireland said.

Crabtree-Ireland joined SAG as a counsel in 200o. He was named general counsel of the actors’ union in 2006. He’s known as an advocate for LGBT rights in the entertainment industry, and he serves as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

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Chairman of the CA Bar Association!  Why not!  A lot of actors have bellied up to the bar thanks to his actions!

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Writers Guild Screening John Ridley’s Jimi Hendrix Biopic — Despite His Resignation (Variety EXCLUSIVE.)

September 12, 2014 (17:03) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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September 12, 2014 | 04:12PM PT

The Writers Guild of America West has scheduled a Sept. 19 screening of John Ridley’s Jimi Hendrix biopic “All Is By My Side” — even though Ridley resigned from the WGA during the 2007-08 strike.

Ridley had gone public with his decision during the latter stages of the 100-day strike, asserting he disagreed with the tactics of the guild’s leadership and its unwillingness to tolerate dissent. The resignation prevented Ridley from being eligible for a WGA Award for penning  last year’s”12 Years a Slave,” which went on to receive the Oscar for adapted screenplay. This also means Ridley’s script for “All Is By My Side” will not be eligible for the upcoming WGA Awards.

WGA West spokesman Neal Sacharow explained that screenings at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills are covered under a different set of rules than guild awards.

Unlike many screenings at the Writers Guild venue, there is no Q-and-A planned for after “All Is By My Side.”

Ridley’s spokeswoman indicated that he was not available for comment due to shooting the “American Crime” series for ABC in Texas.

Xlrator Media is releasing “All Is By My Side,” starring Andre Benjamin, on Sept.26.

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Pickets Up! ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Strike Takes To The Streets

September 11, 2014 (21:34) | 2014 | By: Arlin Miller

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September 11, 2014 10:48am
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One day after the postproduction crew of Bravo’s Shahs Of Sunset walked off the job in search of a union contract, the strikers have taken to the streets. Led by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, a 20-person strong picket line went up today in front of the Museum Square offices of Ryan Seacrest Productions. The decision to picket was made last night after the IATSE  Local 700 did not formally hear back from RSP on their request for immediate negotiations, sources say. Similar to the Guild’s successful Survivor labor action of last month, the approximately 16-post crew SoS members are primarily seeking health and pension benefits. The fourth season of Shahs of Sunset is scheduled to debut on October 13 but a prolonged strike could put that date in peril.

With chants of “No Contract, No Work” the picketers paced back and forth at the production company’s Miracle Mile location this morning. The offices of RSP are in the same building as the HQ of SAG-AFTRA, though I’m told arrangements have been made so their members and employees won’t have to cross any lines getting in and out of the Wilshire building. After the crew walked out on Wednesday, RSP told me that they have “every intention of engaging in a discussion as soon as possible.”

When that will be is still to be determined obviously.

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Ah, so our SAG-AFTRA leadership and employees are sneaking into our union headquarters to avoid those unruly picketers.  One thing for sure with their agreeable negotiating skills they’ll  never have to sneak in to avoid SAG-AFTRA members with On Strike picket signs.  Shah enough?  Shah enough!

Arl 

The Ol’ SAG Watchdog

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