Hollywood’s major unions have signed on with the AFL-CIO-affiliated push to advance public policy initiatives involving diversity, equity and inclusion issues.
The broad goals of the campaign spearheaded by the Department for Professional Employees (DPE), a coalition of unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO, is to strengthen collective bargaining and copyright protections and the state and federal level. On Thursday, a clutch of entertainment industry union representatives gathered for a virtual news conference to detail the policy proposals and underscore the urgency for the need for action to better protect middle-class and low-rung workers.
“We stand solidly behind the missions and goals. We believe very strongly in copyright protections. It’s how our members receive appropriate remuneration for their work,” said David White, national executive director of SAG-AFTRA. “And we feel very strongly about the importance of showcasing the full variety of the American scene” in entertainment content.