Join us for Day 3 of the 2021 NYWIFT Summit: The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined to discuss Organized Labor and the Future of the Workplace.
Panel: Organized Labor and the Future of the Workplace
Organized labor and trade associations have been at the forefront of setting the standard for safety protocol to keep production alive during COVID-19. How did they do it, and how are they tackling other issues of safety in the workplace, from racism to sexual harassment and more?
Ann Burdick is General Counsel at the Writers Guild of America East, Inc. The Guild represents over 6,000 writers in television, film, new media and broadcast and digital news. Ms. Burdick handles oversees legal affairs for the Guild including collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations, unfair labor practices, settlement negotiations, credit arbitrations, internal elections and organizing campaigns. She implemented the Guild’s Safe Workplace Initiative and managed the Guild’s conflict of interest litigation against WME, CAA and ICM. Prior to the WGAE, Ms. Burdick served as in-house counsel at the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and New York State United Teachers. She is a graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and the George Washington University School of Law.
As Assistant Executive Director at the DGA’s Los Angeles headquarters, Mayra Ocampo facilitates the guild’s CA state and local political work in Sacramento and Los Angeles. As a part of the DGA’s senior management team, she heads the DGA’s Diversity Department and oversees the implementation of DGA’s Diversity Committees and Diversity Task Force initiatives as well as Western Independent Directors Committee.
Ocampo has more than two decades of labor union and membership organization experience. Prior to joining the DGA in 2014 , Ocampo was the Director of Government Affairs at the Nevada Local of the Service Employees International Union. She has also worked in various national and regional organizing roles for the National AFL-CIO, United American Nurses, and the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees International Union.
Rebecca Damon was first elected SAG-AFTRA executive vice president, the union’s second-highest office, in 2016. She was re-elected to a two-year term in 2017 and again in 2019. Damon, a New York-based actor and voiceover performer, was also appointed to serve as president of the New York Local in 2017, and was re-elected to the position in 2019. She is national chair of the Government Review Committee and Innovation and New Technology Committee, and serves on the Executive, Finance and Government Affairs and Public Policy committees. Currently serving on the President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement and as chair of the Member Outreach Relations & Education Committee, she is a fierce advocate for education and empowerment of performers nationwide.
A champion for workers’ rights, Damon’s leadership includes strengthening New York’s right of publicity and digital image rights for the benefit of all members. She was twice recognized as one of the most noteworthy figures on the front lines of New York this year by City and State Labor Power 100. During her tenure as Screen Actors Guild New York Division Vice President, she was a founding member of both the SAG President’s Forum for One Union and the joint Group for One Union, helping lead the effort to unite SAG and AFTRA. As co-leader of the Operations Workgroup, Damon was a key architect of the merger.
Closing Conversation with Maggie Bowman, International Documentary Association
Maggie Bowman is a documentary filmmaker who joined the staff of the International Documentary Association in early 2020 to lead programming for the Getting Real Conference. She is the co-director of We Are Witnesses: Chicago—an Emmy-nominated series about Chicagoans who have been touched by the criminal justice system—and the Series Producer for Hard Earned—a duPont-winning Kartemquin Films series about American families working low-wage jobs. She is the former co-chair of the Labor and Economic Sustainability Committee of the Documentary Producers Alliance. Prior to her work in film, Bowman was a union organizer, working on campaigns with taxi drivers in the Bronx, nurses in Iowa, and home health aides in Brooklyn.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.