Entertainment Workers’ Union Secures Increase in Dancers’ Hazard Pay and Singers’ Overtime

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The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, an AFL-CIO-affiliated union representing more than 70,000 people in the entertainment business, has secured a modest wage increase and other concessions from the major broadcast networks. This at a time when federal workers' and teachers' unions are facing pay freezes, and the automotive unions have had to agree to serious cost-sharing with the Detroit auto companies. Along with the 6 percent wage increase over three years, hazard pay for dancers will now go from $100 to $125 per program, and singers will start earning overtime after seven hours of work. Power back to the (performing) people!