American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

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American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

A labor union for American journalists, actors, and others who are broadcast on radio or television. It lobbies and negotiates contracts for better pay and working conditions; it also advocates for members in the event of a lawsuit. It was established in 1937 and is based in New York and Los Angeles. It is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.
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The 10th Anniversary, the 8th Teaching and Learning in Africa Conference, and the 10th Roundtable all coordinated under the auspices of the Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA), mark an important milestone, since the adoption of the UNESCO / ILO recommendations on the status of teachers in 1966, where teaching was officially recognised as a fully-fledged profession.
"When I was called into Carroll's office, I was told by Carroll, 'We have to discipline you over this e-mail situation, what do you think it should be?' I told her that I wanted an AFTRA representative with me if we were going to discuss disciplining me and she had a fit.
At issue, really, is whether the unions will be able to catch up with an industry that has, in the past two decades, "radically restructured itself, vertically, horizontally and globally," as Paul Worthman of AFTRA puts it.
Other A-list performers, including Tom Hanks, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin and Sally Field, who won an Oscar for her role as a sweatshop union organiser in 'Norma Rae', sided last week with AFTRA in publicly urging that union's 70,000 members to ratify the labour pact.
Among the requests management is seeking are removing weekend specialty hosts from AFTRA coverage, being able to subcontract commercial production, and using news and sports from other sources besides in-house.
"This is a principle that employers can't bear to live with in the new economy," says John Connolly, AFTRA's first vice president.
The agreement also significantly improves funding of the AFTRA Retirement Fund.
Fort Washington, PA, November 18, 2010 --(PR.com)-- RAM Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of benefit administration and claims management processing software has announced that AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds has selected its HEALTHsuite[R] application to manage their premium billing requirements.
It has the backing of the national performers' union, AFTRA (the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), which is mounting campaigns to eliminate the practice in several states.
Howard campaigned actively for the 2012 merger of SAG and AFTRA, which will soon launch contract negotiations with the advertising industry on a successor deal to its three-year contract--the first major deal negotiatied by SAG-AFTRA.
In 2009, SAG (which had not yet merged with AFTRA) helped successfully push for a new California law that made it illegal for third parties to charge advance fees for talent-representation services.