• Meetings in private hotel rooms between producers and actors looking to land a part in a movie or TV show are an age-old Hollywood custom. But now the industry’s largest labor union wants to end the practice in a bid to combat sexual harassment. “For us, this is almost a common sense rule,” SAG-AFTRA national Executive Director: David White (AMEC's 2009 Labor & Employment Counsel Honoree) said in an interview. “We understand that there are unique circumstances where a professional has to use his room. But in no circumstances should a performer have to be alone in a personal, private setting for a professional meeting. We think we have issued something responsible but also accommodating."​READ ARTICLE.

Black Enterprise 
"Top Content Creators Ink Historic Deal with SAG-AFTRA to back Streaming Service"

  • Senate leaders on Aug. 10 introduced broad new legislation that will affect creators and how they get paid. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and six other members of the House of Representatives introduced the Music Modernization Act, the most important music copyright bill in a generation. The bill incorporates provisions of earlier legislative proposals (including an earlier version of the Music Modernization Act) that have drawn comment and involvement from throughout the music industry. AMEC’s honorees David White and Elizabeth Matthews were on a selective list of the business executives who have made their voice heard in Congress.​  READ ARTICLE.
  • "Congrats to AMEC honoree, David White & Sag-Aftra national executive director for a great partnership with streaming service ZEUS!".  READ ARTICLE.
  • Congrats to AMEC honoree, David White & Sag-Aftra national executive director for a great partnership with The Honest Company, "We look forward to developing a great relationship with The Honest Company and hope this inspires other brands looking to create quality commercials to go union. Hiring union actors for their ads is the best decision brands can make for their business."  READ ARTICLE.
  • "SAG-AFTRA, with national executive director David White leading negotiations, will be seeking to revamp its "Netcode" agreement, which covers wages, residuals and working conditions on non-primetime and unscripted programs.".​  READ ARTICLE.
  • As Congress continues to investigate Cambridge Analytica’s unauthorized access to the private information of more than 87 million Facebook users during the 2016 election, the leaders of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA and IATSE have urged the Senate to look at the “broader context” of Internet regulations that they say allowed the breach to happen in the first place. “As you focus on the critical issue of privacy in the wake of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica incident, we echo the concerns of the MPAA and others, and urge you to examine the situation in a broader context,” the union leaders said in a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the Judiciary and Commerce committees. The letter is signed by DGA national executive director Russell Hollander, SAG-AFTRA national executive director and AMEC honoree David White and IATSE international president Matt Loeb.​  READ ARTICLE.

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Billboard
"Who's Who Among the Music Industry's Advocates on Capitol Hill"

The Hollywood Reporter
"A Candid Legal Debate on Hollywood and #MeToo: "Did the Law Fail Us?"

Chicago Tribune
"SAG-AFTRA Wants to End Hotel Room Meetings in Bid to Combat Sexual Harassment"

SAG-AFTRA Signs Jessica Alba’s Honest Company To Commercials Contract, Ending Feud – Update

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  • Five experts on workplace harassment explore the tension between activism and a "rush to judgement" and voice concerns about due process amid the new court of the media. Among them David White, AMEC's 2009 Labor & Employment Counsel Honoree and national executive director of SAG-AFTRA: " A lot of people for years - for decades - refused even to be second... truly powerful people went down, and they went down hard. When you're talking about Roger Ailes, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, you're talking about individuals who were confronted by their employer [who] then said, "We believe the women."  READ ARTICLE.​ 

Hollywood Reporter
"Labor Unions, Studios Dealing Behind the Scenes Over Wages"

Deadline Hollywood
"DGA, SAG-AFTRA & IATSE Urge Congress To Update Internet Copyright Law"

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