October 4, 2002 |
The Writers Guild of America has released a set of proposed changes for determining television and screenwriter credits, some of which have already raised the ire of rank and file union members. The four proposed changes, which must be voted on by the Writers Guild's 12,000 members, were sent out Thursday. Critics say the two most controversial proposals would erode the importance traditionally placed on the first writer of a script.
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June 6, 2002 |
A state labor board Wednesday upheld a judge's decision that the Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura illegally fired a mushroom picker who was engaged in organizing activities for the United Farm Workers union. In a 27-page ruling, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board ordered Pictsweet to offer Fidel Andrade his job back and reimburse him for lost wages.
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March 10, 2002 |
After trouncing fellow 1970s TV star Valerie Harper on Saturday in balloting for president of the Screen Actors Guild, actress Melissa Gilbert now faces the daunting task of trying to heal a union whose bitter election mirrored its chronic infighting. Gilbert, whose election in November was nullified because of alleged election irregularities, received 21,351 votes, or 56.6%, in the rerun election, compared with Harper's 12,613, or 33.4%. The turnout was a record for a SAG presidential race.
March 8, 2002 |
The plot features backbiting, conspiracy theories, accusations of cronyism, lies and corruption, even one celebrity calling another "a slug." All the makings of a good Hollywood drama, maybe even a prime-time soap. But this bit of reality TV comes to you via the Screen Actors Guild, Hollywood's biggest and most dysfunctional labor guild. Today, for the second time in five months, it will select a new president.
February 26, 2002 |
Screen Actors Guild presidential candidate Valerie Harper on Monday criticized a tentative deal governing relations between actors and talent agents, saying she is confident members will reject the accord because of potential conflicts of interest.
February 13, 2002 |
Take 2 of the election to decide who will lead the Screen Actors Guild is shaping up as one of the nastiest ever, even at a union where turmoil has been the norm for years. Words like "slug," "hatchet man" and accusations of "hijacking" the election are being hurled by supporters of the leading contenders for the top union posts. Current SAG President Melissa Gilbert broke her silence in an interview Tuesday, accusing opponent Valerie Harper of launching a "brutal" personal campaign.
November 16, 2001 |
James P. Hoffa appeared headed for easy reelection Thursday as president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, fending off a challenge from the leader of a Teamsters local in Oregon. With nearly half the ballots returned by members counted, Hoffa led challenger Tom Leedham by a margin of more than 2 to 1. The ratio was consistent throughout the federally supervised count, which began Tuesday morning and is expected to wrap up by midday today. The union has about 1.
November 5, 2001 |
Taking on one of the most recognizable names in labor can be lonely work. But Tom Leedham is at it again, running his second underdog campaign against Teamsters President James P. Hoffa in a contest to be decided within two weeks. Outspent 7 to 1, backed by only one staffer and a few volunteers and ignored by most media, Leedham nevertheless insists the odds are with him. "I think we're going to win this, I really do," he said during a three-day swing through Los Angeles last week.
October 15, 2001 |
Call it the battle of the network stars, circa 1978. With ballots just mailed, the race for president of the Screen Actors Guild is growing more contentious between actresses Melissa Gilbert and Valerie Harper, two of television's top stars during the 1970s. This week, supporters of each are expected to step up their criticisms as 98,577 actors begin voting in balloting that will last until Oct. 31.
August 25, 2001 |
Workers at DFS North America, a chain of duty-free stores at Los Angeles International Airport, voted to join the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union this week, ending a two-year campaign by the union. The 172 DFS employees at LAX became the first unionized employees in the national chain. The vote is another victory for a multi-union effort to organize the airport that was started three years ago with substantial backing from the AFL-CIO.