NLRB cans IA’s ‘Love’ appeal

The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has written possibly a final chapter in the ongoing labor dispute on the TV show “Love and War.”

This week the NLRB dismissed an appeal made by the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees of an earlier ruling by the local offices of the NLRB.

The union had charged that the show’s producers, Diane English and Joel Shukovsky, had broken the law by firing members from the pilot because of affiliation.

Last January the Los Angeles office of the NLRB had shelved a complaint filed by a union member on behalf of 14 former crew members.

Throughout, Love and War Prods. has maintained that it did not discriminate against IATSE members and that its actions to pinkslip the initial pilot crew was done in response to the union threatening to strike over the fact that no contract had been signed.

The show remains a non-union show.

“We are delighted to be starting the second season of ‘Love & War’ (without one of its stars, Susan Dey, who ankled over creative differences) and are planning to launch a new series later this year,” said John Drinkwater, executive veepee of Shukovsky English Entertainment. “We appreciate our employees’ ongoing commitment and expertise. Furthermore, we look forward to providing new job opportunities in this industry, free from restrictive roster requirements which prevent equal opportunity hiring.”

Union officials called the NRLB’s decision “unfortunate.”

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