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November 29, 1926, the first Studio Basic Agreement is signed

Photo caption: D.W. Griffith, here directing Mae Marsh in The White Rose, 1923, turned to the legitimate stage for skilled stagehands to create realistic sets, costumes, props, lighting and all the other details that contributed to his cinematic artistry.

 The producers and the unions signed the first Studio Basic Agreement - not so much a contract but a true agreement to negotiate wages, benefits, hours and working conditions, as well as grievances.

It was a major breakthrough in Hollywood labor relations - and just in time.  The talkies were about to burst on the scene, with a whole new field of work opening up to entertainment industry workers.