Union commercial work is under attack, and SAG-AFTRA members are fighting back.
A crowd of more than 1,000 actors and supporters including musicians, stage performers, stunt workers, directors, writers, and Teamsters held a rally in Los Angeles on Jan. 23 calling out ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty for abandoning its responsibilities as a 20-year SAG-AFTRA signatory by shooting non-union commercials.
Musicians join with striking SAG-AFTRA video game workers in a picket line outside of Insomniac Games in Burbank Nov. 17, 2016.
SAG-AFTRA members continue to strike against several video game employers. AFM musicians have joined hundreds on three picket line protests, and will continue to do so in support of voiceover and motion-capture workers seeking a fair contract. Continue reading →
SAG-AFTRA members continue on their second week on strike against several video game employers. Following the first demonstration last week, AFM musicians again joined hundreds on the picket line in support of voiceover and motion-capture workers seeking a fair contract. Continue reading →
“Hey hey, shut it down, L.A. is a union town!” supporters chanted at today’s SAG-AFTRA rally against video-game makers. American Federation of Musicians members pictured here with SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.
AFM members joined more than 300 on a picket line in Playa Vista today in support of SAG-AFTRA interactive video game voice actors who have been on strike since Oct. 21. Continue reading →
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Oct. 24, 2012) — After years of urging by Professional Musicians, Local 47 — the labor union representing musicians in Los Angeles — producers of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week agreed to compensate musical guest performers under American Federation of Musicians (AFM) contracts.
Musicians performing on “Ellen” previously received wages and benefits under contracts with the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and were deemed as “specialty acts” rather than musicians, a distinction disputed by Local 47. SAG-AFTRA contracts do not include the provisions for residuals and re-use payments to musicians that are covered under AFM contracts. Per labor standards, if two or more unions have overlapping jurisdiction, workers must be compensated at the higher prevailing rate. Continue reading →