Negotiations Between AFTRA And Labels Stall
August 16, 2007 at 6:12 AM (PT)
AFTRA's sound-recordings contract expired JUNE 30, and talks about a new agreement are going poorly enough to prompt an online protest campaign against major record labels, reports THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Those affected by the negotiations include contract performers paid through royalties and recording session singers. On the management side, reps at the negotiating table include those for SONY BMG, WARNER MUSIC, UNIVERSAL MUSIC and EMI, as well as about 2,000 related and other record labels.
"The negotiations are ongoing," AFTRA spokesman JOHN HINRICHS said.
He refused to elaborate, but a posting on the union's website seeks member support for a petition drive aiming "to tell the record labels to negotiate a fair contract."