The Associated Actors & Artistes of America, the 95-year-old labor organization through which all of the entertainment industry’s performers unions once were affiliated to the AFL-CIO, will be turning over all of its administrative functions to the AFL-CIO beginning in June. The move puts the Four A’s a step closer to going out of business, though that day might not be coming anytime soon. “Most of the functions of the Four A’s will be turned over to the AFL-CIO’s Department of Professional Employees, which covers white-collar workers,” longtime Four A’s President Theodore Bikel told Deadline. “That transfer will take place pretty soon, but the Four A’s is not going out of business. If there are any jurisdictional disputes between the actors unions, the Four A’s will still be around to help resolve the problem. But eventually, I hope that that too will be taken over by the AFL-CIO.”
Theodore Bikel’s Associated Actors & Artistes of America Handing Its Reins To AFL-CIO But Staying In Business
Los Angeles (August 1, 2012) — SAG-AFTRA today received a new, national charter from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. SAG-AFTRA joins 55 other unions, comprising more than 12 million working men and women, under the AFL-CIO banner.
“With workers’ rights under attack nationwide, this charter represents a bright spot in the union movement and we are proud to add our new, unified voice in support of all workers in this country,” said SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon. “We are delighted to join with workers across the nation, and reaffirm the mission we share with the AFL-CIO: to ensure workers are treated fairly.”
Creative America, the coalition formed by labor unions, guilds, studios and networks that launched in July, said today that it has kicked off awareness campaign as well as a redesigned website. The group also said the AFL-CIO, the Association of Talent Agents, the Copyright Alliance, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, FilmL.A., the National Association of Theatre Owners, the Producers Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society have joined the cause since its formation. The new campaign includes a PSA on NBCUniversal networks that we just saw on CNBC. Here it is:
LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK (Sept. 12, 2010) – The Joint National Board of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) today met by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York and approved a package of proposals for the upcoming Joint AFTRA Exhibit A and SAG TV/Theatrical Negotiations.
SAG President Ken Howard and AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon will co-chair the negotiations. AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth and SAG National Executive Director David White will serve as the unions’ co-lead negotiators.
Joint negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are scheduled to commence on Sept. 27 at the AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
LOS ANGELES (July 21, 2010) – The Administrative Committee of the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) – a national union of more than 70,000 professional performers, recording artists and broadcast journalists – met today for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
At today’s meeting, the AFTRA Administrative Committee approved the formal appointment of AFTRA’s members to the AFTRA Exhibit A/SAG TV-Theatrical Joint Wages and Working Conditions National Plenary Committee and Negotiating Committee. AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon will serve as AFTRA’s National Chair for both the Joint W&W Plenary and Negotiating committees. The other members of the committees remain confidential, pursuant to AFTRA policy.
President Reardon also reported to the Administrative Committee that she has proposed to Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard the creation of a “Presidents’ Forum” to facilitate focused and informal discussions between leaders of the two unions to establish a common vision for a single, new national union representing professional performers, recording artists and broadcast journalists working in the entertainment and news media industries.
President Reardon said, “I first became involved in union service at AFTRA because I believe in one new union for all of our members. That new union must address and anticipate the dramatic and accelerating changes in our industries and the needs and concerns of members in all jurisdictions, in all parts of the country. This important discussion must be both careful and thorough and must
Here’s the AFL-CIO statement today on where contract negotiations now stand for its two chartered guilds, SAG and AFTRA:
March 18, 2008: At the request of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the AFL-CIO has hosted several meetings between the two unions regarding the upcoming negotiation of the Television/Theatrical contract with the AMPTP. Both SAG and AFTRA have now advised President John J. Sweeney that they are fully committed to jointly negotiating and jointly administering the Television/Theatrical contract through its term pursuant to the terms of the Phase One joint bargaining agreement. We congratulate the two unions for reaching agreement on this important matter and look forward to productive joint negotiations.”
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