Saturday Art: Influential Authors: James Michener

By: Saturday January 18, 2014 7:02 pm

Michener had a number of his books and stories adapted for movies and television. There were a couple of surprises in this. First, I was not aware he had created the TV show Adventures in Paradise. A bit more surprising (though it shouldn’t be now that I think about it), Michener’s IMDB shows that an old John Wayne/Lee Marvin comedy, Donovan’s Reef is at least partly based on Michener writing (though it shows him as uncredited).

 

Memo to Prez Candidates: Here’s Something Good You Can Do This New Year

By: Thursday December 27, 2007 10:31 am

Photo credit: WGAE
Members of the Writers Guild of America, East, walk the picket line in New York.

Last year, a group of television workers at WMUR in New Hampshire voted to join a union—Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1228. But management didn’t want to negotiate a contract with them—and there’s nothing in U.S. labor law that says employers must agree to a contract. So, until this month, the workers had no contract.

Then, one after another, the Democratic presidential candidates started writing letters to WMUR-TV General Manager Jeff Bartlett urging him to go back to the bargaining table and work out an agreement.

Guess what? He did.

After months of deadlock, the WMUR technicians and drivers now have a contract that includes wage increases ranging from 18 percent to 35 percent and improvements in the pension and vacation benefits.

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