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Hollywood Unions Prepare for Labor Negotitations.

March 31, 2008

Labor negotiations could begin as early as this week between Hollywood's major studios and the smaller of the two unions that represent actors.

The move could set the stage for a new prime-time TV contract for members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which is anxious to avoid a showdown with the studios that could trigger another Hollywood strike.  This weekend AFTRA broke with sister-union, the Screen Actors Guild, with whom it has jointly bargained for 27 years, alleging a continuing campaign to marginalize the smaller guild.

Despite a plea in February by George Clooney and fellow Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to avert an actors' strike that could once again shut down the industry, the two Hollywood unions representing performers suddenly split this weekend rather than joining forces, as had been hoped for.  The actors' current contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires on June 30th.  Read More