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  • August/September 2014 – In This Issue

    • Happy Labor Day! ‘The Way They Worked’ Campaign
    • NEW! DPE Report on the Future of Professional Work and Workers
    • The Changing Working Environment for Professional and Technical Workers
    • American Library Association Convenes, DPE Contributes
    • DPE Joins Twitter and Facebook
    • DPE Submits Comments to the USCIS On Proposed H-4 Rule Change
    • DPE Attends AFM Coalition Meeting With DOT and Airline Industry Representatives
    • DPE Attends “Overtime Listening Session” with DOL Secretary Tom Perez
    • Unions Compose New Ending to Opera Lockout Threat
    • ‘I Am AFGE’ Initiative
    • AFGE ‘Social Security Works’ Campaign
    • IFPTE Adds to NASA Unit
    • SAG-AFTRA Reaches Contract with the AMPTP
    • WGAE Organizes Reality TV Writers-Producers
    • DPE Signs On

    » Read More

President’s Report, June 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014

At last year’s meeting of the General Board, the Board re-elected the Executive Committee and added D. Michael Langford, National President of the Utility Workers Union of America, to the Executive Committee as a General Vice President. The fall meeting of the DPE Executive Committee wished David Cohen well in his retirement. DPE was fortunate to hire Eric Geist as the Assistant to the President of DPE.

Breaking News

  • Pay Gap Is Smaller Than Ever, and Still Stubbornly Large

    September 18, 2014

    The Census Bureau released new data Tuesday on the pay gap between men and women, showing a statistically insignificant increase. But the news is better than it might seem.

    Women were paid 78 cents for every dollar a man earned last year, up from 77 cents in 2012. The 22-cent pay gap is a record low, down from 40 cents in 1960. (Annualize that and it takes a woman three more months to make what a man does.)

    The New York Times

    Claire Cain Miller

  • Gov. Brown Likely To Sign Film & TV Tax Credit Expansion This Week

    September 17, 2014

    Deadline.com, by Dominic Patten

    EXCLUSIVE: A little more than two weeks after the state Senate overwhelmingly voted to increase California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program to $330 million a year, Gov. Jerry Brown is aiming to make the legislation law in a few days. If everything comes together as planned, he will sign the Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act on Thursday, I’ve learned. With a mountain of bills to put pen to paper on, the governor actually has until the end of the month to sign the multi-sponsor Act. Read more…

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

    September 11, 2014

    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.  Read more … 

    Dominic Patten

    Deadline

  • SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood Producers Reach Tentative Deal on Automation Contracts

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    The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have reached tentative agreement for new contracts covering animated production, the two sides said Wednesday.  Read more … 

    Todd Cunningham

    The Wrap

  • UPDATE: Players Back Musicians As Unions Sack NFL Super Bowl Halftime Pay-To-Play Scheme

    September 3, 2014

    UPDATED 3:11PM: The NFL’s players union is siding with the musicians in the dust-up over pay-to-play for the Super Bowl halftime show. “The NFL Players Association will always support workers and fair wages,” a spokesman for the NFL Players Association tells Deadline.  Read more …

    David Robb

    Deadline.com

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