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Telemundo performers to hold union vote


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Performers at the Spanish-language network Telemundo will begin voting today on whether to join SAG-AFTRA.

A simple majority is needed to approve representation by the union, which  represents approximately 160,000 actors, broadcast journalists and other media professionals. Voting will be conducted by mail through March 8.

SAG-AFTRA submitted petitions to the National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 9, seeking an election.

Telemundo employs 1,900 people around the world.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to vote and create a working environment that is fair for everyone in our industry,” said Katie Barberi, an actress with roles in multiple telenovelas. “We are proud of Telemundo’s success, and we believe SAG-AFTRA representation will make it an even better network in the future.”

The unionization effort has drawn the support of Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Scarlett Johansson and Bryan Cranston.

“This vote is about equity, fairness and the fundamental rights of Spanish-speaking actors in this industry and in our country,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said.

“We have given Telemundo performers our full support as they take this courageous step, and we look forward to welcoming them to our family.”