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Fashion Police Writers Strike: Joan Rivers Blasted For Lack of Support
Posted on Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:54

Fashion Police Writers Strike: Joan Rivers Blasted For Lack of Support

Writers for E!'s hit show "Fashion Police," are calling out Joan Rivers for not supporting them as they strike to arrive a reasonable agreement with the network.

In a new video, writers Jackie Beat, Dante, Eliza Skinner, Rob Nolan, Ned Rice, Todd Masterson and Bryan Cook said they are disappointed with the 80-year-old comic.

While they admit that it was initially an honor to work for Rivers-made famed by her hilarious and often scathing views on pop culture-matters turned sour when they approached the "Fashion Police" panelist about receiving matters like health insurance, a pension plan and industry-standard compensation.

Being that Rivers is a fellow member of the Writers Guild, Skinner and remainder of the crew expected support and were surprised by her abrupt response.

"When we got to the point where we needed to talk about how we were treated and how we were compensated for doing all this work for her, she shut down," Skinner said in the 3-minute video.

"We went to our assembly like normal and we were like, 'Let's just ask Joan,' so we got together and were going to ask Joan. Ned said one sentence and boom, we were shot down," Masterson continued.

"She was totally not receptive to it. None of the producers were receptive to it. We were fundamentally told that if we tried to unionize, we would lose our jobs," Cook added.

Rivers denies any wrongdoing according to E! execs who say she "wants a reasonable agreement for them."

The trouble first began in April when the Writers Guild of America West dossierd a $1 million wage claim with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the claim accused the E! Network of violating state labor laws by not paying the writers for both steady and overtime hours. The official strike began two weeks later.

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Fights, union investigations, and more Lindsay drama on the set of Liz and Dick
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2012 01:00

Fights, union investigations, and more Lindsay drama on the set of Liz and Dick

Lindsay Lohan's film Triggers SAG-AFTRA & IATSE Inquiries: What Is Really Going On?

The good news for Lifetime and the producers of tinheritor tabloid headline-making film Liz & Dick is that it has only about a week of filming left. The poor news is that, as the first two and a half weeks of shooting proved, with Lindsay Lohan as the star, a lot could happen in a week that could impact production.

In the final two weeks, filming on the film was pushed after Lohan crashed her car on her way to the set and when she passed out in her room toward the end of a nightlong shoot. In a tweet, Lohan cited exhaustion “after working 85 hours in 4 days.” When two crew members in the hair branch left the production a day later, also claiming exhaustion, Liz & Dick began to attract union attentions. Despite an awkwardly worded statement by SAG-AFTRA today stressing that “we've thoroughly investigated this matter” and “all relevant penalties will be paid,” there have been no violations cited by the actors union yet, and a SAG-AFTRA rep admitted that “we do not have total information on this yet.” Liz & Dick producer Larry Thompson, a TV film veteran who knows union requirements inside and out, acknowledged in a statement that “an AFTRA rep visited us on the set late yesterday aftermidday and was completely fine with everything,” adding that per the union rep, it was not any complaints from AFTRA members but “tweets and remarks in the media” that immediateed “tinheritor curiosity and desire to inquire.

IATSE, the union that represents stagehands, film technicians and other crafts people, also officially weighed in on the matter tonight. “we've had union representatives on the set since final Friday [June 15] and will continue to monitor the hours and working conditions there,” IATSE said in a statement, though crew members working on Liz & Dick indicated earlier today that they had not been contacted by tinheritor union yet to discuss the issue.

Crew members we spoke with disputed the filming hours account in Lohan's tweet. “Lilo did not work 85 hours in 4 days and we are not averaging 20 hours a day,” one crew member said. “We worked about 70-75 hours in 5 days final week, which is not that abnormal for a TV film. And we are on set before Lilo and normally wrap long after she is gone. We could've shaved off about 7 or 8 hours that we sat around waiting for Lilo.” There are mulgratuityle accounts of Lohan showing up late for work, once refusing to come out of her trailer for 2.5 hours and screaming at the film's producers within earshot of the entire crew. in the meantime, a source close to Lohan said that the troubled actress, who had not worked on a major production in years, “is having a lot harder time than she thought she would,” adding that “the producers aren't being very supportive and it is a lot more work than she is done in a while.”

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UPDATE - Lucy Lawless boards oil drilling ship
Posted on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:03

UPDATE - Lucy Lawless boards oil drilling ship

UPDATE -

Police mustld protesters aboard the Noble Discoverer - including actress Lucy Lawless - they're under arrest.

Lawless and five others are protesting from atop the derrick on an oil exploration ship in Port Taranaki, trying to stop it leaving for the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska where it's due to search for oil deposits.

"They came up just to talk to us as a courtesy to say, "you're under arrest, we propose that you come down," and we said, "No, we do understand that, thankyou so much for your concern, we feel we've no selection morally but to stay here and get our message out," says Lawless.

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Actress Lucy Lawless has boarded a Shell oil drilling ship at Port Taranaki with five other activists.

Greenpeace New Zealand created the announcement this morning on its Twitter account.

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'Biggest Loser' Castoff Contestants on Strike Are Sabotaging Their Lives
Posted on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 22:46

'Biggest Loser' Castoff Contestants on Strike Are Sabotaging Their Lives

The oldest person ever to compete on "Biggest Loser" has some wise words for the contestants currently on strike -- the weight loss show isn't about the prize money ... it is about saving your life.

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'Biggest Loser' Contestants Threaten to Quit Show
Posted on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:37

'Biggest Loser' Contestants Threaten to Quit Show

There is a big, fat problem on the set of "The Biggest Loser" -- TMZ has learned almost all of the releadinging contestants have walked off the show and are threatening to quit after learning about a secret "twist" that could seriously affect tinheritor shot at the $250,000 grand prize.

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NBA lockout continues
Posted on Wed, 09 Nov 2011 12:37

After the National Basketball Players organization executive committee and team player representatives met for about three hours Tuesday in New York, the union delivered the same response to the league is latest contract offer that it had when talks broke off early Sunday.


"The current offer that is on the table from the NBA is not one that we can accept," NBPA president Derek Fisher said. "Our orders are also lucid that we are willing to continue to negotiate and we are willing to continue discussions on potential compromises on our economics for some continued improvements in the system."
NBPA executive director invoicey Hunter said he will reach out to NBA Commissioner David Stern and try to establish a assembly before Stern's 5 p.m. ET deadline Wednesday for players to accept the deal or get a worse offer.
The league is offering a 50-50 split of basketball-related income (BRI) and more restrictive system issues than in the final collective bargaining agreement. Stern said the offer will drop to a 53%-47% split in favor owners and a firm tough salary cap unless the union accepts the current offer.
Some players wanted to take a vote on the current offer, but Fisher said it wasn't what the player reps were ready to do.
"we are unified," Hunter said. "As much as they want to play basketball, they are still of the intellect-set that they are not going to accept a poor deal, and that is the message we must send to the other side. we are prepared to negotiate objectively and quite but we expect the same shit from our adversary - the NBA and tinheritor representatives." Hunter said he heard the league would cancel games through Christmas if the deadline passed, but Stern later said, "We have created no such plans, we have had no such discussions."
The union understands the passing of the deadline could lead to an deadlock and the opportunity of a missing season. It also wants a deal that is not so onerous to them. The issues have crystallized. "we have created the compromises that needed to be created on BRI, and it is now time for the NBA to make signalificant compromises on the system," Fisher said.
The union has gone from 57% to 50% of BRI, a $280 million difference in the first year of a new CBA. But it expects the NBA to relent on system issues - the means in which players can choose tinheritor employer and how the money is distributed to them, particularally in relation to taxpaying clubs. The union believes the league is proposal contains harsh restrictions on taxpaying teams will discourage teams from signaling sure free agents.

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President Clinton sides with labour, has a gift for Derek Fisher
NBA lockout continues

Former President invoice Clinton wasted no time after the NBA Players organization's press convention on Tuesday in handing a gift to fellow Arkansan Derek Fisher, president of NBA Player's organization. 
If you followed various staked-out NBA scribes on Twitter during Tuesday aftermidday, you likely noticed the mentions of President Clinton hanging around the foyer of the hotel where the NBA Players organization was assembly to discuss its collective take on the NBA's latest collective bargaining agreement proposal. And, if you follow the NBA, you probably already know that the players have summarily rejected the league is latest offer, preferring to negotiate with the league on Wednesday before David Stern's threat to pull all "rational" offers off the table at the end of the commerce day. 
What you may have missed following the televised presser was the part where Clinton walked up to Fisher and offered him a copy of Clinton's new book, entitled "Back to Work." If you are thinking i am attempting a lame joke I can not blame you -- but this is actually the name of the book. Clinton is in New York to promote his newest offering on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" Tuesday night. 

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Jay-Z's 40/40 Club Gets The Union Rat Treatment
Posted on Sat, 03 Sep 2011 23:16

Fresh off final weekend's confirmation that there will be a mini-Z roaming the hallways of Roc-A-Fella records in the near future, Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in the Flatiron district has come under scrutiny this week for sketchy labor practices, immediateing some inflatable union rats to seem. Jay-Z's got 99 problems, and a labor dispute is one.

A representative from the New York City District Council of Carpenters explained what the fight is over to Curbed in an email, writing:

A rat is a contractor that doesn't pay all of its employees the Area Standard Wages, including either providing or making payments for family health care and pension benefits. disgrace on the 40/40 CLUB & Shawn Carter aka Jay Z for contributing to the erosion of area standards for New York City Carpenters. The New York City District Council of Carpenters has a labor dispute with A&V Drywall which is performing work at 6 West 25th Street in NYC. 40/40 CLUB & Shawn Carter aka Jay Z is responsible for hiring CONELLE interpretation CORP. Conelle interpretation doesn't meet area labor standards, including providing or fully paying for family healthcare and pension for all of its carpenter craft employees.

The club, which is currently closed for renovations and due to re-open on November, responded to the accusations, telling TMZ that they're in a non-union building and are not required to use union contractors. moreover, they allege that some protestors have been using racial slurs against the workers, which the rep called a "bad tactic" to try intimidate people and scare away commerce. And if there is one area Jay-Z knows how to traverse, it is this world; after all, he is a commerce man, not a commerce, man.

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ABC and CABLEVISION reconcile for Oscars! Tri-state area is OVERJOYED!!
Posted on Sun, 07 Mar 2010 21:05

ABC returns to Cablevision during Oscars telecast

ABC and CABLEVISION reconcile for Oscars! Tri-state area is OVERJOYED!!


March 7, 2010 By VERNE homosexual and NEWSDAY.COM STAFF

3.1 million Cablevision users suddenly saw WABC/7 return to tinheritor screens, Sunday night, after the start of the Oscars telecast.
In a surprise, Cablevision users on Long Island suddenly saw WABC/7 return to tinheritor screens at approximately 8:45 pm Sunday, after the start of the Oscars telecast.

A message on the screen from WABC said "signalificant progress" had been made, and the two parties "have reached an agreement in precept" over retransmission corrects.

Earlier negotiations between Cablevision and Disney failed to resolve the dispute in time for Sunday night's start to the Oscars' telecast, leaving millions of Long Island viewers scrambling for alternatives and wondering whether the deadlock will continue beyond the night.

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TURN ON ABC7 FOLKS. OSCARS ARE BACK ON.
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Live in New York, New Jersey OR Connecticut? NO ABC FOR YOU!
Posted on Sun, 07 Mar 2010 12:48

Disney Pulls ABC From Cablevision After Deal Fails

March 7, 2010, 12:24 am
Disney Pulls ABC From Cablevision After Deal Fails
By BRIAN STELTER AND BROOKS BARNES

The Walt Disney Company pulled its ABC station from Cablevision at 12:01 a.m. Sunday after failing to arrive an agreement with the cable provider on a new contract, potentially leaving about three million cable customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut without access to the Academy Awards telecast on Sunday night.

Cablevision and Disney have been at loggerheads over how much WABC, the powerhouse local station in New York City, is worth. Disney wants Cablevision to pay up to $1 per subscriber each month for the correct to retransmit WABC's sign; Cablevision has offered an undisclosed fraction of that.

Charles Schueler, Cablevision's executive vice president of communications, said in a statement five minutes after midnight, “it's now painfully lucid to millions of New York area households that Disney C.E.O. Bob Iger will hold his own ABC viewers hostage in order to additionalct $40 million in new fees from Cablevision.”

Mr. Schueler called on Mr. Iger to “instantly return ABC to Cablevision customers while we continue to work to arrive a reasonable agreement.”

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THIS IS SOME BULLSHIT!

And now i've missing my precious channel 7. The screen is blue. WTF?! SO MAD.

Live in New York, New Jersey OR Connecticut? NO ABC FOR YOU!

i've to confess the random hate message that popped up on screen was amusing.

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http://www.saveabc7.com/
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This is a NBC FAIL post
Posted on Tue, 01 Dec 2009 18:14

This is a NBC FAIL post

NBC threatened with Christmas special strike

A labor union is threatening to pull the plug on NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller centre" special and launching a public crusade accusing the network of unreasonable bargaining practices.

The National organization of Broadcast Employees and Technicians says it intends to go on strike during NBC's famed annual tree-lighting ceremony Wednesday and have launched a Web site -- NBCstolechristmas.com -- comparing NBC to Dr. Seuss' Grinch.

“We can not let the Grinch at NBC steal another Christmas from thousands of sincere working people,” said Local 11 president Ed McEwan. “This charade have to stop. Christmas is supposed to be a time of goodwill, but the network's management is trying to hide behind tinheritor fancy lights while leaving tinheritor employees in the dark.”

The union claims there has been little progress on its labor contract since it expired in March. moreover to targeting the tree lighting ceremony, the union is also using online advertising to spread its message.

What's not lucid is whether the union can literally prevent the tree lighting ceremony. Sources say if the union walks off the set, the question becomes whether NBC can get another qualified non-union crew in time. With the union giving the network a rather public heads-up notice today, one would think NBC will have plenty of time to make contingency plans.

The NBC special is co-hosted by "Chuck" star Zach Levi and "30 Rock" co-star Jane Krakowski and includes appearances by celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin and Shakira.

UPDATE: Despite the union's attempt to hold NBC's Christmas tree hostage, the network expects the special to air without interruption. Here is a statement from NBC:

“it's ironic that NABET is obviously unhappy about lack of progress in its NBC Universal negotiations when it's the union which recently canceled three days scheduled for negotiations, November 18, 19 and 20th. Since that time, despite the Company's availability for assemblys, the union has failed to offer alternative dates, as promised, and is obviously unwilling to meet with NBC Universal. Progress can only be created in labor negotiations when the parties are negotiating. it's unlucky that the union is resorting to threats as opposed to assembly its obligation to engage in collective bargaining.”

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