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AFTRA Detroit Broadcasting Unit Update – October 2011 ►Submissions or suggestions? Please send to ◄ Follow AFTRA On...


►Your National Broadcast Steering Committee

Member leaders and staff from around the country convened in Los Angeles this month for the latest meeting of the AFTRA Broadcast Steering Committee. National Chairperson Joe Krebs from the Washington/Baltimore Local and National Vice Chairperson Leticia Gomez from the San Francisco Local kept the meeting on track and the committee was able to cover a lot of ground on a number of important topics: ■ New Union Feedback ■ Social Media/NLRB Guidance ■ New Technology, ■ National Contract Campaign Updates/National Coordinated Bargaining Efforts ■ Legislative Updates (NLRB, FCC, Non-Compete) ■ Broadcast Initiatives with RTDNA, EEO, Quality Journalism. Local President Jayne Bower at BSC If you have any questions about the meeting or would like to participate in national broadcast initiatives, please contact the Local.

The day was capped off by a sobering presentation from the International News Safety Institute (INSI). Locals are encouraged to raise the profile of safety training in all areas of the country. ►Go Union with Halloween Candy! It's easy to support union members at Halloween: buy Union, Made in America treats for the little ghosts and goblins who come knocking at your door. CLICK HERE for a list of products our friends at Union Plus have compiled that have our stamp of Union approval. While you're there, check out some of the great benefits Union Plus has for members of AFTRA and their family!

►AFTRA Detroit Newsletter – Name Suggestions Welcome! Your Local will be starting to create and mail and/or email a regular printed newsletter in the coming months. You are a dedicated family of actors, broadcasters, singers, voiceover artists and other performers and we want your newsletter to reflect the varied and exciting membership of AFTRA Detroit. We’d like to hear your feedback for a name for your newsletter, and if you’d like to write a column for the newsletter, we’d be glad to include it as well. Ideas can be mailed to _____________________________________________________________________________________

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October 31, 2011 – Happy Halloween! November 10, 2011 – Windsor Station Visit November 11, 2011 – Veteran’s Day, Office Closed November 14, 2011 – Local Board Meeting, Nominating Committee Appointed November 16, 2011 – Metro Detroit AFL-CIO Delegate Body Meeting November 18, 2011 – Fox 2 Station Visit November 24-25, 2011 – Thanksgiving Holiday, Office Closed


►AFTRA Detroit Calendar of Events

►Are You Getting All the News? Peruse all the recent news affecting members at .... Are Your Royalties at Risk? In an anti-artist and anti-musician move, SiriusXM is seeking to sign up independent labels to a “direct license” deal that reduces the money it pays for music and gives the artist share directly to the indie label, not the performer. SoundExchange delivers $88 million in Q3 Non-profit SoundExchange announced it distributed nearly $88 million to more than 18,300 recording artists and labels during the third quarter of 2011. Unions Issue Statement on STOP Online Piracy Act AFTRA, AFM, DGA, IATSE, IBT and SAG applaud lawmakers for introduction HR 3261, the STOP Online Piracy Act. It's About Time! More than 160 dancers and choreographers gathered Monday night in Los Angeles to discuss plans for escalating the campaign to win a fair and first industry-wide agreement covering dancers and other performers who work in music videos.

►Workplace Rights under Attack in Michigan Delegates to this year’s 63rd AFTRA National Convention unanimously passed a resolution opposing “Right-to-Work” laws. 11-CVR-19 resolved that “AFTRA oppose enactment of any new 'right-to-work' legislation, support the repeal of any 'right-towork' laws in jurisdictions where they currently are in place and develop and distribute educational materials on 'right-to-work' legislation and their harmful impact on members and on union organizing efforts in jurisdictions where they currently are in place or in future targeted jurisdictions.” “Right-to-Work” laws, like the one being discussed right now in Michigan, undermine unions which protect and advocate for workplace rights and safety on behalf of all workers, union and non-union workers alike. “Right-to-Work” laws do not guarantee employment to workers. Instead, they depress wages and weaken the ability of unions to advocate for and represent all workers by shrinking union membership and limiting the effectiveness of unions, like AFTRA. “Right-to-Work” laws erode the hard-won wages, hours and working conditions contained in AFTRA and other unions’ collective bargaining agreements, and AFTRA members know that “right-to-work” laws create obstacles to organizing, which is a fundamental American right at work. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

►Your Weingarten Rights

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


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.


Weingarten Rights are an employee’s rights to union

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