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AFTRA Detroit Broadcasting Unit Update – August 2011 ►Submissions or suggestions? Please send to ◄ ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●

►Welcome New Members!

AFTRA Detroit welcomes members who’ve joined in 2011 at CKLW – AM800, WJBK – TV Fox 2, WWJ Newsradio 950 and WXYT – 97.1 The Ticket. Please don’t hesitate to call your Local for questions regarding your collective bargaining agreement, personal services contracts, AFTRA H&R issues, etc. AFTRA provides a voice for broadcasters in collective bargaining, in legislation or arbitration and on key industry issues. AFTRA is your "voice at work."

►President Obama Scheduled to Attend Labor Day Festivities

Join AFTRA Detroit elected leaders, members and staff at this year’s Labor Day Parade on September 5th. Visit the AFTRA Detroit page at or AFTRA Detroit on Facebook for more information. We are currently scheduled to assemble at Spruce Street with the MI Firefighters, Screen Actors Guild and United Steel Workers – towards the middle of the parade group.

►Additional Benefit Options for AFTRA Members AFTRA has arranged for additional benefit options for Union members as part of its continuing effort to provide members access to coverage choices. Some of the options available include dental, vision and life insurance. You must be an AFTRA member in good standing to participate in the plans offered. Click HERE for supplemental benefits offered to those utilizing the AFTRA health plan and HERE for stand-alone plans that available to those not covered by the AFTRA health benefits. Click here to read about the AFTRA Best Price Rx Card. NOTE: Supplemental benefit plans are not available in Canada; however AFTRA Detroit is researching additional benefit options for our local Canadian members.

►A New Union for a New World Los Angeles and New York - Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists continued formal discussions last weekend between the AFTRA New Union Committee and the SAG Merger Task Force to facilitate the creation of one union to represent all members of Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. Click here to read more.



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AFTRA Detroit ● 248.228.3171 ● 23800 West Ten Mile Road Suite 228, Southfield, MI 48033

►Your Weingarten Rights

Weingarten Rights are an employee’s rights to union representation during investigatory interviews, such as conversations and meetings. The NLRA gives employees these rights to assistance, based upon the U.S. Supreme Court case NLRB v. J. Weingarten Inc. The purpose of these rights is to prevent management from intimidating employees. One of the duties of AFTRA staff and stewards is to be available to attend these meetings.

►It’s Time for Your Close Up!

Save the date on October 4th at 7:00 pm for AFTRA Detroit’s latest conservatory.... HOW TO AUDITION – Lisa Cole from Productions Plus. HEADSHOT 101 - Photographer Mary DuPrie. Light refreshments and more. Free to all AFTRA members in good standing. Watch for a Personal Services Contract (PSC) Seminar in October/November as well!

►Recent NLRB Report - Social Media Use & Policies

In late August the National Labor Relations Board’s Acting General Counsel released a report detailing the outcome of investigations into 14 cases involving the use of social media and employers’ social and general media policies. Read full report here.

►Voiceover Performers Have a Stronger Voice with AFTRA AFTRA Detroit receives a significant number of calls inquiring about rates and asking for information about AFTRA covered voiceover work. If you don’t already work as a voiceover performer, you should be aware that AFTRA has you covered. TV Commercials (network, syndication, and basic cable) - Click here Radio Commercials - Click here And much more....


AFTRA Detroit ● 248.228.3171 ● 23800 West Ten Mile Road Suite 228, Southfield, MI 48033


September 5, 2011 – Detroit Labor Day Parade September 8, 2011 – Windsor Station Visit September 9, 2011 – WJBK Fox 2 Station Visit September TBD – WWJ/WXYT Unit Negotiations September 19, 2011 – AFTRA Detroit Board/Committee Meeting(s) September 21, 2011 – Metro Detroit AFL-CIO Meeting


►AFTRA Detroit Calendar of Events

Detroit Broadcasting Unit Update Aug 2011  

Detroit Broadcasting Unit Update Aug 2011

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