NBCUniversal is being accused of a double standard in its treatment of talent at the NBC broadcast network and the company’s Spanish-language outlet Telemundo.
Deadline.com reports that the SAG-AFTRA trade union is calling on the company to end disparities in labor conditions. The report notes that Telemundo is not signed to the union’s contract.
In a statement, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said: “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. In addition to treating its Spanish-language talent as second-class citizens, Telemundo has actively employed tactics to dissuade talent from obtaining union protections. SAG-AFTRA strongly opposes such tactics, and I speak for concerned performers and citizens across the country when I say that we stand with Telemundo performers facing this injustice.”
Telemundo responded with a statement in which it said: “We remain committed to making Telemundo a great place to work for our employees and will continue to invest in them to ensure their salaries and working conditions are competitive. We are dedicated to Telemundo’s long-term success, which has created hundreds of high-value jobs and provided a valuable service to the Hispanic community in the United States.”
Deadline adds: “The union’s efforts to organize Telemundo are part of an initiative that seeks to end what it calls ‘the double-standard practices of Spanish-language television.’”