Dan Gross: Fox 29 camera staff vote to strike

Trey Songz appeared at a private party for Power 99 listeners at Vango Sky Bar on Thursday.
Trey Songz appeared at a private party for Power 99 listeners at Vango Sky Bar on Thursday. (MALCOLM TREASURE)
Posted: August 28, 2012

CAMERA PERSONNEL at Fox 29 voted unanimously last week to authorize a strike if they are unable to reach a contract agreement with the television station.

Sources familiar with the bargaining say the company proposed a three-year deal with no wage increase the first year and small upticks in the second and third years of the contract.

The camerapeople are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98.

We're told the possible strike is being timed to coincide with the Eagles season, when games are broadcast on Fox. Local 98 business manager John J. Dougherty said, "I can only confirm that negotiations are ongoing and highly frustrating.

"Fox 29 has the least amount of consideration and respect for its workers than any television station in the city," he said.

A Fox 29 spokeswoman did not return our request for comment.

Oh, she's just being Miley

Miley Cyrus grabbed at and tried to throw the camera of a paparazzi photographer Saturday afternoon outside the Tumi store on Rittenhouse Square.

The professional photographer managed to retain control of his cameras and got a few shots of the pop star lunging at his camera in the meantime.

Cyrus was in town for a few months with fiancé Liam Hemsworth, who was shooting "Paranoia."

The couple had been staying at the St. James on Washington Square.

In calmer celebrity news . . .

Gary Oldman went for a New York strip steak and crab cake over dinner with some colleagues from "Paranoia" at Del Frisco's (15th & Chestnut) Thursday night. Actress Amber Heard, who also co-stars in the corporate-espionage thriller, shopped at Barnes & Noble and Barneys Co-Op along Rittenhouse Square early Friday evening.

'Paranoia' out, Cooper in

While "Paranoia" is set to clear out of town Monday until December, when it resumes shooting for a week or two, another movie star is coming in.

Rydal-raised Bradley Cooper will attend a private premiere of "The Words" Monday night at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut). Cooper, a former Daily News intern and Germantown Academy graduate, stars in the movie, which was co-written and co-directed by his locally raised longtime pals Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal.

Cooper, still reigning as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, is scheduled to arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m., when we expect throngs of women to be awaiting him.

Aly Raisman in Cherry Hill

U.S. women's gymnastics Olympic team captain Aly Raisman will be recognized Sept. 11 with the outstanding-achievement award at the annual Sports Award Dinner at the Katz Jewish Community Center (1301 Springdale) in Cherry Hill. Raisman performed her gold-medal-winning floor exercise routine to "Hava Nagila," a Hebrew folk song.

Sixers coach Doug Collins will give the keynote address, and funnyman Joe Conklin, who killed, once again, at Wednesday's 22nd Annual Stu Bykofsky Candidates Comedy Night at Finnigan's Wake (3rd & Spring Garden), will emcee the event, which begins at 5:45 p.m.

Tickets start at $76 online at KatzJCC.org or by calling 856-424-4444, ext. 1267. Proceeds will benefit children of all religions through sports leagues, obesity prevention, fitness programs and other health-and-wellness initiatives.

OUT AND ABOUT

Rapper Trey Songz appeared at a private party for Power 99 listeners at Vango (18th & Chestnut) Thursday night. A few hours earlier, Songz signed copies of his new CD, "Chapter 5," at FYE (Broad & Chestnut). Boxer- turned-fashion-designer Simon "One Punch" Carr hung out with Songz at Vango and supplied him with new threads from his Punchline clothing brand.

* When comedian Doug Benson recorded his podcast "Doug Loves Movies" in front of a sold-out crowd at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom) last week, 93.3 WMMR's Preston and Steve were his guests. Comic Graham Elwood and actor Samm Levine, who's in town shooting the upcoming NBC series "Do No Harm," also attended.

The next night, Elwood and Levine dined at Doc Magrogan's Oyster House (3432 Sansom).

Voice pair at Parx

Juliet Simms and Tony Vincent, who both went very far on NBC's "The Voice," will perform Sept. 21 at Parx Casino in Bensalem. The pair will play the 360 nightclub and then host a Q&A session after the show, which begins at 8 p.m.


Contact Dan Gross at grossd@phillynews.com or 215-854-5963. Follow him on Twitter @PhillyGossip or at Facebook.com/dangrossphillygossip. Read his blog at PhillyGossip.com, or for his latest columns see philly.com/dangross.

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