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SAG-aftra Blasts NBCUniversal Over ‘Injustice’ to Telemundo Performers in Unionization Battle

3 August 2016 3:50 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

SAG-aftra is amping up its six-month-old campaign against NBCUniversal in its battle for unionization of Spanish-language performers on Telemundo productions.

The performers union accused NBCUniversal in February of operating with a double standard between Spanish-language and English-language talent hired for productions under the same parent corporation.  SAG-aftra made that allegation on the heels of NBCUniversal unveiling plans for a new headquarters in Miami for its Telemundo operations while Telemundo responded by saying it was committed to making itself a “great place to work” for its employees.

SAG-aftra announced a new phase of its campaign on Wednesday at a private event in Coral Gables, Florida.

“Despite Telemundo’s bravado as a champion of diversity, inclusion and empowerment for the Hispanic American community, the company’s actions behind the scenes tell a much different story,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris.

“In addition to treating its Spanish-language talent as second-class citizens, Telemundo has actively employed tactics to dissuade talent from »

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