30 labor leaders gather after 3-year haitus
The Hollywood Film and Broadcast Labor Council, representing 300,000 entertainment and media industry employees, has re-formed, holding a meeting for the first time in nearly three years.Leaders of more than 30 labor unions met last week in Burbank and issued pledges of mutual support in upcoming negotiations along with promises of regular monthly meetings. A spokesman said the org had become inactive several years ago after several meetings were canceled and noted that the rebirth comes amid increased union activity in the Los Angeles area. “The Hollywood Film and Broadcast Labor Council and its predecessor organizations, the Hollywood Film Council and the Broadcast Labor Council, has served as the unified voice of our industry labor movement and as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information for many years,” said council president Gene Allen, former business agent for the Art Directors Guild. “A rapidly changing industry, runaway production and the prospect of difficult negotiations over the next few years requires that the long dormant council be reactivated.” Members of the council include reps for the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, the Intl. Assn. of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Intl. Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the American Federation of Musicians, the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists and the National Assn. of Broadcast Employees & Technicians.