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(The Hollywood Reporter)   The IATSE strike is finally impacting movie studios   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line
    More: Followup, Trade union, Wage, Minimum wage, IATSE members, Strike and dip, major crew union, long hours, television production  
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2021-10-03 6:48:26 AM  
Ok, so let me get this straight....a union member is told they are not allowed to take their state and federally mandated lunch break and instead of passing that on to their union rep and the state/federal labor office, they just complain about the long days?


Seriously? How stupid do people get in cali
 
2021-10-03 7:27:16 AM  

lifeslammer: Ok, so let me get this straight....a union member is told they are not allowed to take their state and federally mandated lunch break and instead of passing that on to their union rep and the state/federal labor office, they just complain about the long days?


Seriously? How stupid do people get in cali


Well it's an option of complaining or being able to work again.
 
2021-10-03 7:42:51 AM  
...er, uhm, the strike hasn't started yet. They're still voting on it.
 
2021-10-03 8:42:19 AM  
It is a vote authorizing the head of the union to call a strike.  Passing the authorization doesn't guarantee there will be a strike, it just shows whether or not there is support for a strike.  Voting is still going on.
 
2021-10-03 8:50:15 AM  

lifeslammer: Ok, so let me get this straight....a union member is told they are not allowed to take their state and federally mandated lunch break and instead of passing that on to their union rep and the state/federal labor office, they just complain about the long days?


Seriously? How stupid do people get in cali


Production sets are weird places.

For the most part, these are gig contractors who happen to have a fairly good group behind them. But they are not regular employees, so FLSA, FLMA, and the other regs generally won't apply.
 
2021-10-03 10:26:22 AM  
One of my partners was part of the makeup union (Texas) off and on for a while

Pros: Made 1200 a day!
Cons:Worked 14 hours a day Mon-Sat. 2 weeks at a time for commercials/TV shows. 4 months at a time for movies.

She enjoyed it and the money but not having a life and just sleeping all day on her day off was not sustainable. This was 4 years ago. If things have just got worse and more demanding since the pandemic I'm OK with them figuring out/striking to get a bit better hours and pay for those of them who aren't paid as well as she was.
 
2021-10-03 10:49:52 AM  

lifeslammer: Ok, so let me get this straight....a union member is told they are not allowed to take their state and federally mandated lunch break and instead of passing that on to their union rep and the state/federal labor office, they just complain about the long days?


Seriously? How stupid do people get in cali


Add all of North America to that. We often start work at 5am on Monday and 6 PM on Friday, and this is in Vancouver. The fact that we don't get to eat for 10+ hours meanwhile my Fitbit tells me I took 30,000 steps on a night exterior, so food is pretty important. After the last series I did, I was 130 lbs.

I'm six feet tall.
 
2021-10-03 10:54:59 AM  

lifeslammer: Ok, so let me get this straight....a union member is told they are not allowed to take their state and federally mandated lunch break and instead of passing that on to their union rep and the state/federal labor office, they just complain about the long days?


Seriously? How stupid do people get in cali


How stupid are people that think movies and TV shows are only produced in 'Cali'?
 
2021-10-03 4:48:51 PM  
Strikes can be effective, and all, but they might wanna consider a class action lawsuit.
 
2021-10-04 12:12:55 AM  

lifeslammer: Ok, so let me get this straight....a union member is told they are not allowed to take their state and federally mandated lunch break and instead of passing that on to their union rep and the state/federal labor office, they just complain about the long days?


Seriously? How stupid do people get in cali


I left the entertainment industry when I discovered an alternative reality where you are required by law to take a lunch break, take two 10 minute breaks, where people are treated with respect and dignity (ie not regularly harassed or yelled at) and not work over 8 hours a day.
My friends in the industry couldn't belive this actually existed.

This is how farking brainwashed and gaslit the whole lot of them are. Covid19 shutdowns finally allowed them to sleep full nights and spend actual time with their families and now they're like "Yah know, I actually like a life where I'm not needlessly exploited"
 
2021-10-04 12:25:00 AM  
I voted YES on Friday.

My highest step tally was 36,000 steps. It was a Friday night reshoot at a university during the semester. We had to relocate a poetry reading no one at the school knew about, reroute at least 1,000 students either going out from or returning to their dorms, and our assistant directors, despite having extra PAs, had no clue how to do a lockup. I was on three hours before call and managed to leave an hour after camera wrap. I consumed three sodas, half a dozen waters, and maybe a cookie the entire time. I couldn't stop for lunch and was running on adrenaline. Miraculously, I made it home before sunrise, but I was a wreck all weekend.

And I got ragged by the production supervisor because I logged 17.5 hours that day. Apparently, you needed permission to go over 15 hours, but even in the time of email, it wasn't communicated.

And that's the norm. It's unsustainable. In TFA, a union member mentions all the broken bodies. I know of three people who wrecked their cars after falling asleep on the way home from a Fraturday shoot. In each case, the producers didn't do shart for the person who was suddenly without transportation and paying out-of-pocket for a rental car to keep coming to work. As crews, we're usually good for $10,000-$15,000 to help a brother or sister replace their ride via crowdfunding, but only because those responsible won't lift a finger to help.

Don't know where I was going with this. Still wiped out from camping this weekend right after three days on a commercial.

Glad I voted yes, though.
 
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