Local 706 - The Artisan

Winter 2017

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14 THEATER THEATER NEWS NEWS EXTENDED FAMILY NEWS LOOKS LAST LOOKS NEWS HEALTH AND WELFARE NEWS CREW CREW SHOTS CREDITS PHOTO CREDITS EDUCATION EDUCATION NEWS GUILD GUILD NEWS by Randy SayeR Assistant to the Business Representative I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 "This & That …" 2016 saw its share of successful negotiations: Tommy and I spent nine months in negotiations with NBC for our Broadcast Television Agreement covering the NBC, KNBC and Telemundo News, and E! Entertainment Television produc- tions. We are currently in similar negotiations with CBS. We have new four-year agreements with Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson Theater and Mark Taper Forum), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl), the Los Angeles Music Center (PACLAC/MCOC), Union Payroll Agency—which covers the 'Cal Performances' at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. We also negotiated a very successful four-year agreement with the San Francisco Ballet. Melanie Birch, Sarah Coy, Susan Stone and I served on the Negotiating Committee (our agreement with the San Francisco Opera expires this year…). I negotiated a record twelve (12!) San Francisco Single Signatory Agreements for the Curran, Golden Gate and Orpheum Theatres (SHN houses): Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing, Wicked, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Kinky Boots, Cabaret, Disney's Beauty & the Beast, Beautiful (Carol King musical), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Disney's The Lion King, The King & I and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Rolling right into 2017, I have signed contracts with Finding Neverland, Fun Home, the 20th anniversary production of Rent, and I am currently in talks with a little show called Hamilton. For the first time in forever … The Coalition of Resort Labor Unions (CRLU) made an historic trip to Florida in January. Ten (10) representatives from the founding "core" unions of the CRLU met with six (6) of our brother and sister labor unions, who rep- resent a majority of the 40,000 Walt Disney World employees, hoping to forge alliances—and build strength back here in our relations with the Disney Corporation. See you at the negotiating table, or see you in the wings! Randy Sayer Our own Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Show will be presented on Sunday, February 19, at the beautiful Novo Theater in downtown Los Angeles! I am looking forward to a brighter 2017—even with an uphill fight ahead of us! 2016 saw nearly 50 percent of our country vote against their own best interests and elect a president who is aligned with Corporate America—and clearly against the needs of Labor and the American worker. His choices for our Supreme Court and National Labor Relations Board will impact the Labor movement for decades to come. This is especially painful as we were just beginning to see positive momentum at the bargaining table, thanks to the eight years of President Obama's administration: we saw DOMA defeated, a resurgence in the nation's economy and unemploy- ment lower than decades past. The hard-fought film and televi- sion tax incentives—secured by the Entertainment Coalition's campaign in Sacramento—has meant a record number of film and television productions shooting in (or returning to) California—even as Congress has allowed the federal tax incen- tives to dry up. I do not want to see our entertainment industry stifled or suppressed in the coming years ... So, as I enter my 11th year as the Assistant to the Business Representative, I promise to continue fighting for ALL our members—hair styl- ists and make-up artists, in every classification, in every venue, in every city… Great news: After a year of negotiations, we have our first-ever agreement with the La Jolla Playhouse, and I have successfully negotiated our first-ever Trade Show Agreement with Production Support Services! I was also part of the IATSE Negotiating Committee for the national Broadway Theater League & Disney Theatricals Pink Contract negotia- tions in NYC. We successfully negotiated a good agreement with many positive changes. On a sad note, Silicon Valley Ballet of San Jose fell into bankruptcy—and did not recover.

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