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January 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Employees of Southern California Public Radio are joining Hollywood's largest union. About 65 reporters, producers, show hosts and news anchors of the Pasadena-based KPCC have voted to join SAG-AFTRA, the union representing more than 165,000 actors, recording artists, talk show hosts and journalists. Southern California Public Radio,  a nonprofit organization that is part of American Public Media, operates KPCC-FM (89.3) in Los Angeles and Orange counties, KUOR-FM (89.1) in the Inland Empire and KVLA-FM (90.3)
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February 14, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
David White, the national executive director of SAG-AFTRA, could be headed to the National Basketball Players Assn. White, 45, is a leading candidate to become executive director of the NBA Players Assn., two people familiar with the matter said.  SAG-AFTRA declined to comment on the situation, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports on Friday. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll         White has been interviewed by NBA Player Assn. President and Clippers star Chris Paul and by the executive committee's members, sources said.
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June 1, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with the major record labels on a first-ever industrywide contract to cover dancers and performers who work on music videos. The three-year deal with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Walt Disney Co. was reached Friday morning. The negotiations had begun Wednesday. "Our negotiations were productive, resulting in solid gains for SAG-AFTRA members," SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White said.
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November 22, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Union officials at SAG-AFTRA are dancing over an agreement with Justin Timberlake. SAG-AFTRA has reached an agreement for the dancers on Timberlake's 20/20 Experience World Tour, one of the largest in the industry, to be covered under the union's touring agreement. The agreement marks first time the union has successfully organized dancers employed on a specific tour under the so-called SAG-AFTRA Touring Agreement, and it could lead to similar contacts covering dancers for other acts.
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March 26, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Actors hoping for a new commercials contract will have to wait a little longer. Negotiators with SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee representing the advertising industry have agreed to extend for one week the agreements covering actors who work in television and radio. The agreements are set to expire Sunday. Under the extension, the parties have agreed that the contracts will remain in effect through April 7, giving the parties more time to negotiate new agreements. "Both parties look forward to continued productive negotiations under the mutually agreed upon and previously announced media blackout still in effect," the groups said in a statement.
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May 16, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Opponents of the recently ratified merger between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have agreed to drop their legal challenge of the combination. "After careful consideration, largely reflecting on the results of the recent merger election, my clients have reached the conclusion that continued prosecution of the pending litigation would not assist the cause they initially sought to champion," said Los Angeles attorney David Casselman, who represented high-profile actors in the action including Martin Sheen, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper and Ed Harris.
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February 5, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
A KTLA-TV sports reporter and weekend news anchor has lodged an unfair labor practice complaint against Hollywood's largest entertainment union. In a filing with the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday, Rebecca Hall contends that SAG-AFTRA demanded she become a full union member and pay excessive initiation fees and union dues if she wanted to keep working at KTLA, which is owned by Tribune Co., which also owns the Los Angeles Times....
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April 21, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, This post was updated at 5:50 p.m.
SAG -AFTRA, the union representing Hollywood actors and other performers, said Sunday it is eliminating 60 positions from the organization as part of plan to balance its budget. The layoffs, about 10% of the jobs at the union, represent the second wave of layoffs that have occurred at SAG-AFTRA since the two unions voted to merge a year ago in an effort to gain more leverage in contract negotiations. SAG-AFTRA cut about 80 jobs last fall. The merger created the biggest entertainment union in Hollywood, with more than 165,000 members.
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December 7, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Michigan, already struggling to bolster a once-thriving film business, is getting the cold shoulder from Hollywood's biggest union. SAG-AFTRA, which represents more than 165,000 actors, recording artists and other performers, blasted bills passed by the Michigan House and Senate on Thursday that would make Michigan a so-called "right-to-work" state.  In right-to-work states, those who aren't members of the union can work under union contracts without...
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July 21, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
The board of SAG-AFTRA has approved a landmark contract for performers who work in music videos. The board, as expected, endorsed an agreement reached last month with the major record labels, including Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group, on a first-ever industrywide contract to cover dancers and performers who work on music videos. Under the contract, which takes effect Monday, dancers who work on music videos produced by or on behalf of the labels would receive a minimum daily pay rate and health and retirement benefits.
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November 8, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America, West are backing actor Junie Hoang's appeal of the verdict in her age discrimination lawsuit against the entertainment industry website IMDb. In 2011, Hoang sued IMDb and its parent company Amazon in federal court, alleging they improperly disclosed her age in her profile on the website. In April, a jury ruled in favor of IMDb and found that the company did not violate its privacy policy in connection with Hoang, who is appealing the ruling on the grounds she did not get a fair trial.
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August 21, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
In a surprising plot twist in Hollywood's largest labor union, Ned Vaughn, a key figure in the campaign to merge Hollywood's actors unions, is resigning as executive vice president of SAG-AFTRA to run as a Republican candidate for the California Assembly. Vaughn said he would seek an Assembly seat in the 66th district, representing L.A. County's South Bay, an unexpected career move for the veteran actor who has been an influential figure in the formation of SAG-AFTRA, which was established a year ago and has about 165,000 members.
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August 16, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Clyde Kusatsu, a veteran character actor, has been elected president of SAG-AFTRA's Los Angeles local. Kusatsu, who has had roles in such movies as "American Pie" and TV shows such as "The Young and the Restless," was supported by the Unite for Strength group that dominates the national board. He fended off a challenge from John Tremaine, who is part of Membership First, a group that opposed last year's merger of the formerly separate actors unions. Kusatsu will serve a two-year term as head of the largest local within the SAG-AFTRA union, which represents more than 165,000 actors and other performers.
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August 15, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Veteran actor Ken Howard has won another term as president of SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood's largest entertainment union. Howard easily defeated his challenger, " NYPD Blue" actor Esai Morales, to determine who will lead the performers union over the next two years. Howard received 16,396 votes, with Morales receiving 9,850 votes, SAG-AFTRA said in a statement. PHOTOS: 2012 highest-paid media executives Formed a year ago by the merger of two rival unions, SAG-AFTRA represents more than 165,000 actors, recording artists, broadcasters and other performers.
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July 13, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
"NYPD Blue" actor Esai Morales will square off against SAG-AFTRA co-President Ken Howard in an election this summer to determine who will lead Hollywood's largest entertainment union. SAG-AFTRA said late Friday night that Howard and Morales had registered to run in elections that will begin next week to select a new president for the union representing actors, recording artists, broadcasters and other performers. Morales, a former SAG board member and star of "La Bamba," is part of a slate of candidates known as Membership First that strongly opposed the merger of the former SAG and AFTRA unions a year ago. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Howard, who was first elected as SAG's president in 2009, championed the merger.
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May 31, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
SAG-AFTRA members overwhelmingly approved new contracts covering work in commercials. The new three-year contracts, which cover performers working in commercials for television, radio, the Internet and new media, were approved by a 96% margin, the union said in a statement Friday night. The contracts, which take effect immediately and will be retroactive to April 1, will result in wage increases and other payments totaling $238 million for all categories of performers, improvements in cable use fees, increases in payments for work on the Internet and new media platforms and higher contributions to the union's health and pension/retirement plans.
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September 19, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
A group of actors including Ed Asner is alleging that SAG-AFTRA, the largest entertainment union in Hollywood, has failed to properly account for foreign royalty payments owed to them. "As SAG-AFTRA publicly joined in the festivities honoring Labor Day, we the undersigned were quite mindful that tens of thousands of U.S. actors have had their residuals and foreign levies withheld if not converted unlawfully by SAG and AFTRA for well in excess of a decade," said the Sept. 11 letter addressed to union board members.
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October 28, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
  SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood's largest entertainment union, is thinning down. The national board of the 165,000-member union, formed earlier this year in the merger between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, voted Sunday to reduce the number of locals to 25, down from 33. The locals represent members across the country and elect directors who serve on the SAG-AFTRA national board. The reduction is part of the process of integrating the two unions and reflects an effort to avoid duplication of regional offices representing the formerly separate unions that merged in March.  SAG-AFTRA officials did not say which offices might close as a result of the consolidation.
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May 31, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
A squabble within SAG-AFTRA over closing the union's Oregon branch has reached all the way to governor's office. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has taken the surprising step of wading into the union's controversial decision to shut its Oregon office, among 13 SAG-AFTRA locals that are closing nationwide. SAG-AFTRA maintains that the closing is necessary to create more efficiencies within the sprawling labor organization, which formed last year from the merger of the two performers' unions.
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May 7, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Politics makes strange bedfellows, especially in Hollywood. Case in point: A trade group representing the business interests of Oregon's major production companies has joined forces with local labor leaders -- to keep a local union office from closing. In a recent letter to SAG-AFTRA Executive Director David White, Tom McFadden, executive director of the Oregon Media Production Assn. urged White to reconsider closing its Oregon office, contending that doing so would put the state's film industry at a competitive disadvantage.
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