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

►RTNDA Canada Honors the Best in Radio and Television◄

Congratulations to AM800 CKLW Detroit/Windsor Members! For an impressive sixth straight year the RadioTelevision News Directors’ Association of Canada (RTNDA) has presented AM800 CKLW Detroit/Windsor with the Byron MacGregor Award for the Best Newscast in a medium market - Central Region. (MacGregor, a legend in the business in the United States and Canada, was a longtime AFTRA Detroit member.)

►Detroit Freelance Work & Union Franchised Talent Agents◄

When an agency is franchised by AFTRA, it agrees to use one of the Standard AFTRA Exclusive Agency Agreements when signing performers for exclusive representation. This means members receive benefits and protections in AFTRA Standard Contracts with franchised agents that others may not find in agency agreements with non-franchised agents. There are more than 350 talent agents who are signed AFTRA Franchised Agents and we’d just like to make sure you are aware of which agents are Detroit union franchised agents: CHARLIE’S TALENT AGENCY, THE I GROUP, LLC, PRODUCTIONS PLUS — THE TALENT SHOP, and REPUBLIC TALENT CORPORATION. AFTRA has received increasing reports of non-AFTRA franchised agents representing broadcasters, and that some of these non-AFTRA agents are offering terms in their ―non-AFTRA contracts‖ that are very problematic. Click here to learn more about the potential dangers of signing with an agent that is not franchised under AFTRA’s Rule 12C.

►Member Benefits....Did You Know?◄


initiatives and equal employment opportunity protections, from health & retirement benefits to supplemental insurance and discounts on popular products and services, AFTRA members are moving their careers, families and communities forward with the Union. Learn more at


From credit union membership and scholarships to diversity

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

► AFTRA National Convention – “Our Voice. Our Work. Our Union.”◄

Pursuant to Article VIII – Conventions, of the AFTRA National Articles of Agreement & Constitution, the biennial convention will convene this summer. Detroit’s elected delegates (Jayne Bower, Lili Kaufmann, Ed Kelly, Jo-Jo ShuttyMacGregor, Thomas Simpson, Rhonda English, Anne Keeble, and Tiren Jhames) will travel along with delegates from locals all over the country to Seattle, Washington for the 63th Annual AFTRA National Convention July 21-23. Those delegates who are unable to attend will assign their votes to attending delegates. For more information about the convention, please visit and the

convention webpage HERE. If you have feedback you’d like to share with your delegates, please send them to

►AFTRA & SAG Convene Formal Discussions to Create One Union◄

Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists convened last weekend for the first, formal face-to-face discussions between the AFTRA New Union Committee and the SAG Merger Task Force at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland. The two groups, comprised of members including actors, performers, recording artists and broadcast professionals, met together as the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA Group for One Union (G1) to facilitate the creation of one successor union to represent all of the members of AFTRA and Screen Actors Guild. Questions? Email:

►Union Plus Discounts & Unique Union Member Assistance◄

Union Plus doesn’t just offer a wide variety of discounts to union members; they also have programs that support union members in times of critical need. Union Safe provides labor-backed grants, a disaster relief fund and other special programs designed to give back to the labor community. You benefit from union-focused features and grants including: Layoff assistance, Mortgage assistance, Save My Home Hotline, Disability benefits, Health care assistance, Credit & budget counseling, and a Disaster Relief Fund.

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


June 27, 2011 – Local Board of Directors Meeting June 28-29, 2011 – CBS Radio Negotiations – Detroit July 4, 2011 – Independence Day – Office Closed July 8, 2011 – Fox 2 – TV Station Visit July 11, 2011 – Freelance Organizing Committee Meeting July 13, 2011 – Michigan Lottery Unit Visit July 14, 2011 – Windsor Station Visit July 21-23, 2011 – 63th Annual AFTRA National Convention


►AFTRA Detroit Calendar of Events◄

Detroit Broadcasting Unit Update June 2011  

Detroit Broadcasting Unit Update June 2011

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