Union Vote at Telemundo
A SAG-AFTRA vote is a big first step for union representation for Spanish speaking actors in the United States
The National Labor Relations Board recently announced their will be a union representation vote for actors employed by NBC owned Telemundo with 160,000 member strong Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). The secret mail ballot will take place between Feb. 7th and and March 8th. The union told the Hollywood Reporter that this is a “historic vote,” and that it “marks the first time in 65 years that actors at a major television network have taken a vote to the NLRB.”
Telemundo did put out a basic canned employer response, saying they value their Spanish speaking actors while at the same time claiming their station is a great place to work.
As UCOMM previously reported back in August 2016, Telemundo hasn’t exactly been the poster child of great places to work. “Despite Telemundo’s bravado as a champion of diversity, inclusion and empowerment for the Hispanic American community, the company’s actions behind the scenes tell a much different story,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “In addition to treating its Spanish-language talent as second-class citizens, Telemundo has actively employed tactics to dissuade talent from obtaining union protections.”
The NLRB has defined the bargaining unit as main cast actors, protagonists, antagonists, supporting actors, guest stars, day players, singers, dancers, and stunt persons in programs produced in the United States and must have at least worked 15 days a year. The union vote at Telemundo has drawn support for the Hollywood acting elite including such names as Alec Baldwin and Scarlett Johansson.