Ohio-Pittsburgh 2014:11

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The Official E-Newsletter of the Ohio-Pittsburgh Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the Ohio-Pittsburgh Local
November 2014


In national voting completed on Aug. 22, members of SAG-AFTRA voted overwhelmingly to approve the 2014 TV/Theatrical contracts. Members approved new, three-year contracts covering theatrical, primetime and basic cable television production under the 2014 SAG-AFTRA Codified Basic Agreement and the 2014 SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement. The new television contract establishes the first industrywide agreement covering performers in both primetime television and basic cable productions.

For more information on the approved contract, please click here. And please click here for the 2014 TV/Theatrical Contracts referendum booklet.


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Brian Lysell
Ohio-Pittsburgh Local Executive Director

Chelsea Danley
Contract Administrator

Susanne Pearson
Membership, Office Manager

Tim Williams
National Broadcast Rep.

President’s Letter

By Paul Martino

Paul Martino

It started as a rainy, chilly morning. But Pittsburgh’s 2014 Labor Day Parade turned out to be sunny, pleasant and inspirational. About two dozen members and friends of the SAG-AFTRA Ohio-Pittsburgh Local took part in the city’s annual celebration of labor.

As we marched down the streets of downtown Pittsburgh, I couldn’t help but sense the great tradition of organized labor in this region. Many, many people died throughout the tri-state area, as they fought for the right to bargain for wages and a safe and humane work environment.

In 1877, Pittsburgh was the site of the great railroad strike. There was widespread rioting. Dozens died. Forty buildings were burned.

That same year, in Cleveland, workers at Standard Oil struck for better wages and working conditions. Sent to break up the strike, the police started a riot when they began clubbing the striking workers’ wives. The riot lasted for three days.

The Carnegie steel strike took place in Homestead, Pennsylvania, in 1892. Henry Clay Frick sent in Pinkerton guards to break the strike. Ten people died.

In Cincinnati, during a 1921 steelworkers’ strike at the Andrews Steel Mill, over 200 shots were fired into the homes of workers from machines positioned on the mill’s property. Two workers were killed.

While strikebreakers were shooting steelworkers in Cincinnati, coal barons were strafing and bombing coal miners on West Virginia’s Blair Mountain. The incident became known as the Battle of Blair Mountain and was the country’s largest armed rebellion since the Civil War.

For the SAG-AFTRA Ohio-Pittsburgh Local, there has been no bloodshed thankfully. But our tradition of organized labor helps make this region one of the strongest locals in our union. Throughout our history, we have battled for wages and better working conditions.

Our local remains strong today because of that great legacy. The legacy of broadcasters, actors, singers, dancers and stunt performers who stood up and put their careers on the line for the rest of us. And the legacy of those steelworkers, refinery workers, rail workers and coal miners who put their lives on the line for fair wages and working conditions.

The fight continues today. It's hard to get a contract with these stations. They’d rather not deal with us. But I’ll tell you this: I’d much rather negotiate with a union behind me, then without one.

And I’m glad I can go to the bargaining table in a place that has the history of organized labor that the Ohio-Pittsburgh Local has.