(Miami, FL--October 23, 2017) SAG-AFTRA
has settled three unfair labor practice charges with Spanish-language television network Telemundo
filed on behalf of the network’s telenovela performers. The settlement, which includes a key win that corrects the misclassification of Telemundo performers as independent contractors, was reached after a year of litigation and days before a trial at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
“This is a major victory for Spanish-language performers,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “This is an important step towards ending the unfairness that separates Telemundo performers from their English-language counterparts in the television industry. We will not rest until the Telemundo performers work under terms that are fair and just.”
Adds National Executive Director David White, “We’re getting closer to achieving our goal of establishing equity for Spanish-language performers and this outcome is a step in the right direction.”
Telemundo conceded to SAG-AFTRA’s demand to treat Telemundo talent as its employees. As a result, talent will have all the legal protections that employees have while talent managers, by no longer being forced to take on the responsibilities of the employer for Telemundo talent, will be able to focus on representing talent and supporting their careers, like their English-language colleagues in the rest of the US television industry.
Additionally, Telemundo has agreed to end its illegal practice of preventing performers from talking about their wages and working conditions and prohibiting them from speaking negatively about Telemundo. It also agreed to end all unlawful performer contract provisions and policies that prevented performers from filing charges with the NLRB against Telemundo and required performers to indemnify Telemundo if it was found to have violated any law.
On March 8, Telemundo performers voted overwhelmingly to join SAG-AFTRA in a historic election, marking the first time in more than 55 years that a group of actors at a major television network sought a unionization election. SAG-AFTRA and the network are still negotiating in good faith for a groundbreaking contract covering Spanish-language television talent.
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SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other entertainment and media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. A proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO, SAG-AFTRA has national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide representing members working together to secure the strongest protections for entertainment and media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at SAGAFTRA.org