That’s SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle (GAH-BRIELLE) Carteris on the latest edition of the AFL-CIO’s State of the Unions podcast…
(audio) This is a legal issue and it’s true: It’s a legal issue, but one of the things we recognized in SAG-AFTRA was that though this is a legal issue it’s illegal to sexually harass. There are laws to help protect people if they report. These are also our members who are in situations that we can actually elevate ourselves to help them, and we wanted to be able to step out a little bit. And it’s hard to step out of that place where you’re kind of protected. You don’t have to do it. But we really do morally have to do it. I think what’s incredible is the people who have gotten involved to support us through this. The members are really engaged, and now it’s just knowing that it never ends. We’re just going to keep working and working to reach out, to change the language in contracts to protect our members on-set and off-set. That was a big thing. We don’t have jurisdiction outside of the workplace, but a lot of our members are being assaulted in the process of getting work whether it’s with directors or producers or writers when they’re doing the initial meetings. So, we’re creating these rules to protect them so that they don’t have to say I won't do this. They say my union won't allow it.”
You can hear the entire interview with SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle (GAH-BRIELLE) Carteris on the State of the Unions podcast wherever you listen to podcasts
On today’s labor calendar,
Locked-out Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians – members of AFM Local 40-543 – will perform tonight at 6pm at this month’s Bread and Roses series at the Takoma Busboys and Poets; the concert is free but folks will be encouraged to donate to support the musicians.
For details and all the latest labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1900, one hundred thousand Pennsylvania anthracite coal miners went out on strike.
Today’s labor quote is by Susan B. Anthony, who called for the formation of a Working Women's Association on this date in 1868, at a New York convention of the National Labor Congress: Susan B. Anthony, who said:
“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”
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