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Contracts Labor Unions


  • Writers Guild of America

    My blog about the difficulties in nailing down an interview with the head of the Writers Guild of America West, Patric Verrone, was posted in the nightly press release from the AMPTP! After that release went out, I heard from the WGA East in a New York second. Why, the WGAE asked, hadn't I requested an interview with its President, Michael Winship? He would happily accommodate me.

  • Writers Guild of America

    What you don't see on CNBC-TV are all the calls, meetings, emails, etc, initiated by reporters and producers and bookers and anchors, all trying to convince people to come on our air. I've been going 'round and 'round for a week to get the head of the Writers Guild of America West, Patric Verrone, to come on our air for a live interview.

  • Writers Guild of America

    Hollywood is a funny business. But no one's laughing right now. Nominees for the Golden Globes have been announced, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association--the group behind the Globes--has yet to get a waiver from the Writers Guild of America to let writers write the awards broadcast January 13th.

  • Writers, Producers Turn To Parodies In PR Battle Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 5:29 PM ET

    We're well into week six of the Writers' Guild strike, and I can say from first hand experience that it's creating quite a weird holiday season here in Hollywood. You can't buy a latte in Beverly Hills without a barista complaining about the fact that the picketing is dragging on.

  • Writers' Strike: Still No Offers Anyone Can't Refuse Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 1:29 PM ET
    Writers Guild of America

    There's good news--the Writers Guild said the last two days of talks with the AMPTP (the producers association) were "substantive." Among the topics they made progress on--the issue of whether the union should have jurisdiction over made-for-Internet content and for reality TV.

  • TV Writers, Studios Return to Negotiations Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 5:49 AM ET
    Writers' Strike

    The TV industry braced Tuesday for what could become a long strike by writers, even as both sides returned to the bargaining table.

  • Studios Send New Proposal to Striking Writers Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 9:56 PM ET

    Hollywood studios presented a sweetened contract offer to striking film and TV writers, and negotiators requested a four-day recess to consider it, the producers' organization said.

  • Writers Guild of America

    While the WGA and Producers Association continues to negotiate, the TV networks are thinking about all the reasons they'd like this strike to wrap up. For one, if the strike drags into next year, advertisers may demand some of their money back. Here's how it usually works: TV networks guarantee advertisers a certain number of eyeballs.

  • French Consumer Morale Slides after Strikes Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 3:20 AM ET

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  • Broadway Strike Talks to Resume on Wednesday Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 12:57 PM ET

    Striking Broadway stagehands and theater producers will try again Wednesday to work out a deal to end their protracted labor dispute that has darkened theaters for more than two weeks.

  • Hollywood And Broadway: Hope For Strike Settlements Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 9:43 AM ET

    The Writers Guild and the producers association sat down Monday morning for their first negotiations in three weeks. Those negotiations are continuing right now--all a very good sign that a deal is in the works. I've been talking to sources on both sides and the consensus (for today at least) is that the strike is expected to be over before the end of 2007.

  • Movie Writers, Studios to Resume Talks Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 4:05 AM ET

    Striking TV and movie writers kept up the pressure on studios by picketing and intensifying an Internet campaign that uses the very medium at issue in the contentious negotiations.

  • Negotiations in France Strikes Begin Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 6:22 AM ET

    Long-awaited negotiations with striking transit workers began Wednesday, the eighth full day of a walkout that has paralyzed train traffic throughout France.

  • Sarkozy Calls for End to French Transport Strikes Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 12:29 PM ET
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    French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged transport workers on Tuesday to end a seven-day national strike over pension reform and give negotiations a chance.

  • Writers/Producers To Talk: Why Strike May Be Settled Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | 1:54 PM ET
    Writers Guild of America

    There's hope in sight! The Writers Guild and the Producers association, the AMPTP, is planning to resume formal negotiations on November 26. That's the Monday after Thanksgiving, so maybe everyone will be so stuffed with Tryptophan (a chemical in turkey that makes you sleepy and happy) that they'll be in good moods to strike a deal.

  • Writers' Strike: "Starring" John Edwards Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | 8:34 AM ET

    I'm writing this (Friday) from the NBC studio in Burbank and the strikers are out in full force, thrilled that they have a big star visiting--presidential candidate John Edwards. This place is a zoo. It's like the crush of the cameras outside the Oscars but without the red carpet and the organization. (He could have passed for a movie star, a number of writers crushed around me were commenting on his good looks.)

  • French Rail Unions Agree on Talks Sunday, 18 Nov 2007 | 2:12 PM ET

    French railway unions agreed on Sunday to talks on pension reforms, offering the first hope to thousands of commuters that an almost week-long public transport strike might ease.

  • German Train Drivers Threaten Unlimited Strikes Sunday, 18 Nov 2007 | 1:25 PM ET

    Germany faces the prospect of unlimited rail strikes this week that could inflict serious damage to Europe's largest economy and even hurt neighbouring countries.

  • Writers' Guild Strike: An All-Star Cast On Picket Line Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 10:37 AM ET

    I've spent quite a bit of time reporting on the strike, and being posted in front of the picket lines is perhaps the most surreal environment to be reporting from. I'll admit, I watch a fair amount of TV and it was kinda weird to be jammed in the middle of a sweaty crowd of all the actors from all my favorite shows.

  • Strikes Hit France as Unions Fight Sarkozy Reforms Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 12:24 AM ET
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    France faces travel chaos on Wednesday as transport unions broaden a nationwide strike against pension changes that President Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged as part of an ambitious plan to reform the economy.