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Previewing Thursday’s Strike Authorization Vote Among Hollywood Crew Union Members

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A crew sets up cameras to film a mobile phone commercial on-location on November 18, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

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Previewing Thursday’s Strike Authorization Vote Among Hollywood Crew Union Members

IATSE Strike Vote Preview 9.29.21

It’s been more than half a century since members of Hollywood’s crew union, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), have gone on strike, but the outcome of a vote this week could mean that so-called “below-the-line” workers in the entertainment capital of the U.S. walk off the job if they and the producers’ union, the Alliance of Motion Picture Television Producers (AMPTP) are unable to reach an agreement before a vote scheduled to begin Friday, October 1 among 13 locals of IATSE.

Today on AirTalk, KPCC/LAist arts and entertainment reporter and host John Horn and Los Angeles Times entertainment industry writer Anousha Sakoui join us to preview the strike vote and explain the issues on the table for both sides.

We invited official representatives from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Alliance of Motion Picture Television Producers (AMPTP) to participate in this conversation, but they declined to be interviewed for this segment.

Moratorium Lapses For Wildfire Insurance in Pasadena and Los Angeles Foothills. What’s Next?

Wildfire Risk Home Insurance 9.29.21

A temporary moratorium guaranteeing home insurance for zip codes bordering last year’s bobcat fire lapsed last Saturday. The moratorium law, written by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara in 2018, is designed to offer short-term consumer protection in the immediate wake of a wildfire. After one year, insurance companies can increase premiums or drop customers altogether. However, other measures are designed to be long-term, like a partnership with CAL FIRE to create standards for hardening one’s home to better survive a wildfire. Under a proposed law, insurance companies would be required to take these hardening measures into account when determining a customer’s premium. But as this year’s wildfires bring more homes into the program, some homeowners fear they may be left uninsurable once their year is up.

Today on AirTalk, we’re talking to Commissioner Lara about the moratorium law, and what home owners can expect once their moratorium lapses. We’re also joined by David Russell, professor of insurance and finance at California State University Northridge.

Los Angeles Is Considering A Vaccine Mandate For Indoor Restaurants, Salons And More. What Would It Mean?

CV City Council Vax Mandate 9.29.21

Los Angeles city leaders today are considering a significant new law that would require adult patrons to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at many indoor spaces, including indoor restaurants, coffee shops, gyms, shopping centers, museums, movie theaters and hair and nail salons.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about what the requirement could mean for business workers, owners and patrons with Fred Jones, legal counsel and advocate for the Professional Beauty Federation of California. Do you work in a space where the vaccine could be required?

Companies Don’t Have Enough Workers. The Ones That Are Left Are Struggling To Keep Up With the Overtime

Workers and Overtime 9.29.21

The economic data is clear: U.S. employers are desperate for workers. Back in July, the number of available jobs in the U.S. surged to 10.9 million, an unprecedented number according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nation’s labor shortage existed before the pandemic although this last year exacerbated the issue as workers left their jobs for a number of reasons including lack of childcare and increased health risks. But as the country reopens, people aren’t returning to work as economists had predicted, leaving employers scrambling to find new hires. The result has become an increase in overtime hours for existing employees who are also growing weary of the added burden.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss this ongoing issue with Lauren Weber, a reporter at the Wall Street Journal covering this topic.

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