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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"We are One" April 4th...Join  in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King's pro-labor legacy.

SAG members, AFL-CIO, all those who believe in the working man and woman, join together to commemorate April 4. 
www.sag.org

Fight over collective bargaining looming in Nevada Legislature


Why is Governor Sandovall smiling?
As his fellow Republican governors have declared public-employee unions to be public enemy No. 1 and moved to strip their collective bargaining rights, Gov. Brian Sandoval has avoided a similar fight. He has focused instead on the state’s flatlining economy, beleaguered budget and struggling schools.
But Sandoval’s newly unveiled education reform package might bring the collective bargaining fight to him.
Under the legislation, teachers unions couldn’t bargain for higher pay based on educational attainment or years of service. They would also be limited in bargaining on the processes for layoffs, other workforce reductions and termination.
Sandoval’s senior adviser, Dale Erquiaga, said the governor’s intent isn’t to eliminate collective bargaining. But he acknowledged some of those rights could end up as collateral damage in Sandoval’s efforts to end teacher tenure and seniority.
“This isn’t about opening up (Nevada Revised Statute) 288,” Erquiaga said, referring to the statute on collective bargaining. “Our perspective is the policy outcome of ending teacher tenure and first in, last out.”
The Nevada State Education Association sees Sandoval’s bill, Assembly Bill 555, as an end run around its collective bargaining rights.

Rally for Labor and Working Americans


April 4, 2011
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Community College of Southern Nevada
Charleston Campus
6375 W. Charleston Blvd,
Las Vegas, NV  89146
Behind the Health & Sciences Building (K Building)

Don't Give Up

"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." 
--Ella Fitzgerald

Research and APA workshops at Cheyenne Campus




Each workshop covers the basics of locating and citing quality information to help students complete college assignments. All 1 hour workshops are in Computer Lab room 2662. Students receive proof of attendance.

April
Mon. 4th 2pm,  Tues. 5th 2pm,  Tues. 12th 2pm,  Wed. 13th 2pm,  Thurs. 21st 4pm,  Mon. 25th 2pm

May
Tues. 3rd 2pm,  Wed. 4th 2pm


Cheynne Campus (previously reported in error as West Charlston) 


For more information, contact Susan Gregg At 651-4622 or susan.gregg@csn.edu

Women's History Conference Friday at Cheyenne Campus


Mad Men leads to delay in Mad Men, A Murdock Family Empire, Annoying Cloud Ads, Women get the Sucker Punch



Mad Men grow madder. The new season of "Mad Men" should have started in July, but now we are looking at next spring. Variety reports that the reason is a contract dispute between the network and the shows creator and cast over pay, but also over a demand to trim characters in the character based program to save on production dollars.
Oh, that's the problem. A gathering of movie industry executives and theater operators meeting in Las Vegas reached a consensus. Bad movies apparently hurt box office. Who knew?  "So far there is just nothing terribly compelling about what we're delivering as an industry," Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton said. Box office attendance is down 20% in the U.S. and Canada so far this year. While it's true the quality of the product is down, rising costs don't help and neither do the short windows between when a movie hits a theater and when it is available on DVD and video-on-demand. Just saying. More on the CinemaCon conference from the Los Angeles Times.
Didn't see this coming. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced early Wednesday morning that James Murdoch will become the company's deputy chief operating officer as well as chairman and CEO of its international operations. Murdoch will relocate from the U.K. to New York. He will continue to report to Chase Carey, the deputy chairman of News Corp. James Murdoch is seen by many to be the leading candidate to one day succeed his father at the top of News Corp. Don't count out Elisabeth though. Early analysis from the Los Angeles Times.
Shocking! One might think that a large corporation appearing to dodge paying federal taxes would merit some attention. But NBC News skipped the story last week of how General Electric, its minority owner, seemed to avoid paying Uncle Sam. The Washington Post takes them to task. It's a fair criticism but the story does not say if CBS and ABC covered the story. I'm guessing they didn't. Does that mean all the networks are in the pockets of corporate giants? Maybe. But it also might mean that they don't have the skills or storytelling ability to make the story compelling without sexy video. That's the really sad part.
Nice work if you can get it. Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes had a 2010 compensation package worth $26.3 million, according to the media giant's proxy statement. That's a 34% jump from what Bewkes took in 2009. More to make you jealous from Bloomberg.
There goes the neighborhood. Talent agencies UTA and WME are both eying the same spot for new digs. The Hollywood Reporter says both have looked at space around the Pacific Design Center. Other media companies kicking the tires there include DirecTV and Telemundo.
Does this mean more annoying "to the cloud" ads? Amazon has launched its own "cloud" service, beating Apple and Google to the punch. This is a little out of my league, so I will just quote from Los Angeles Times colleague Alex Pham's story: "The service, called Amazon Cloud Player, lets users upload their music to an Amazon server and play songs from any Web browser or by using an application on mobile phones or tablets that use Google's Android operating system." Additional coverage from the Wall Street Journal.
What's the message? Variety's Brian Lowry looks at concerns about the portrayal of women in Warner Bros. "Sucker Punch" and compares it to reality shows like the ones that fill Bravo day and night which he notes can do as much damage to feminism as a leather miniskirt.
Speaking of Bravo, what happened to the quality non-commercial arts network, geared to upsale educated audiences the network was formed to be? For that matter what happened to a cable spectrum with a wide range of networks appealing to different niches and interests. It seems the WWF or E have taken over the spectrum, back to back with reality shows and home improvement or cooking tips. The same movies and programs no matter where you turn. No matter Netflix and other services are booming.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: A look at the contract dispute between the network and studio behind "Mad Men" and the show's creator Matt Weiner. James Rainey on fake TV news.

Comedy at CSN Cheyenne Campus Thursday Night, only $5


Bad Movies make for bad box office

From LA Times Company Town (click here).


Oh, that's the problem. A gathering of movie industry executives and theater operators meeting in Las Vegas reached a consensus. Bad movies apparently hurt box office. Who knew?  "So far there is just nothing terribly compelling about what we're delivering as an industry," Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton said. Box office attendance is down 20% in the U.S. and Canada so far this year. While it's true the quality of the product is down, rising costs don't help and neither do the short windows between when a movie hits a theater and when it is available on DVD and video-on-demand. Just saying. More on the CinemaCon conference from the Los Angeles Times.

Mad Men leads to delay in Mad Men

Mad Men grow madder. The new season of "Mad Men" should have started in July, but now we are looking at next spring. Variety reports that the reason is a contract dispute between the network and the shows creator and cast over pay, but also over a demand to trim characters in the character based program to save on production dollars.