Q1 2021

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 6 of 55

VIDEOTAPE SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT • Severance pay not issued • Weekly guarantees not properly fulfilled MAJORS POST PRODUCTION AGREEMENT (INCLUDES NY MAJORS) • Issues related to inappropriate stang • Vacation pay not paid • Overtime calculations inaccurate INDEPENDENT POST PRODUCTION AGREEMENT • 6th and 7th day premiums not paid properly • Distant location violations • Vacation pay not paid LOW BUDGET THEATRICAL AGREEMENT • Paying below the appropriate scale • Holidays not paid • Weekly guarantees not fulfilled • Inappropriate proration of start weeks • MPI contributions not properly submitted $614,347.78 - WAGES $9,501.59 - VACATION $8,834.10 - HOLIDAY 17,022.78 HRS. 17,022.78 HRS. WAGES PAID TO MEMBERS P&H HOURS CONTRIBUTIONS 7 S P R I N G Q 1 I S S U E F R O M C A T H Y R E P O L A , N A T I O N A L E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R J ust as the work that our members do is behind the scenes, so are many of the functions of our union staff. Much of their work is little under- stood and always looks different from the outside. One very important component of our staff is the contract enforcement de- partment. Many members come in direct contact with these folks for work-related issues, but even then, much of what they do can remain a mystery. While it would be impossible to demy- stify all of it here, there are areas where we can shed some light. We h ave e m p l oye e s d e d i cate d to r e s e a r c h i n g p r o j e c t s ; p u t t i n g n e w contracts and single production deals into our database; securing crew lists; outreach to inform crew members of contract provision highlights; outreach to inform management of the most com- monly misunderstood or most violated contract provisions; and analyzing pay- roll records on projects that had deposits (or bonds) with payroll companies, in order to ensure members were properly paid and no contract violations occurred before releasing those bonds. This is just a brief overview of the many details The Value of Recovery HOW THE GUILD STAFF WORKS TO ENFORCE CONTRACT PROVISIONS involved with all of the components of this work. In addition to myself, Eastern Exec- utive Director Paul Moore, and Western Executive Director Scott George, the staff members of the contract enforcement department include our field representa- tives. We have one in the New York office, Jennifer Madar, and five in the Los Ange- les office: Jessica Pratt, Ann Hadsell, Olie Amarillas, Alenis Leon and Eric Kench. Preserving the rights of the mem- bership under the collective bargaining agreements is one of the most important roles of a union, which is why we have chosen to highlight some of those duties here. These dedicated staff members work tirelessly to assist the membership in all sorts of ways. Often, that means explaining contract provisions to mem- bers, but it can also include helping them navigate the challenges associated with addressing potential contract violations o r o t h e r w o r k p l a c e i ss u e s. We n o w oversee hundreds of different contracts with varying classifications, scale wages and working conditions. This can some- times be daunting for staff, let alone for the members. Success cannot be fully measured by showing total wages collected on behalf of members for intentional or un- intentional misapplication of the union agreements. Neither can success be fully demonstrated by totaling contribution hours attached to those wages, contri- butions that should have been made on P H O T O : M A R T I N C O H E N

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of CineMontage - Q1 2021