Posts Tagged ‘health care’

Victory for ‘Biggest Loser’ crew

Last week we reported that “The Biggest Loser” crew was losing out. They were on strike to protest the producers’ decision to impede their efforts to join the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) in order to earn health care and retirement benefits for themselves and for their families.

Today we’re happy to report that the crew members’ actions were a success! Though the agreement is confidential at this point, we do know that last week the producers agreed to improved health care benefits for the workers – the sensible demand made by the crew in the first place.

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Take action! Save local communities from a football lockout!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means for most American families a day of eating excessive amounts of turkey and pumpkin pie, then sitting in a food coma on the couch and watching football. I say most families because somewhere along the line, my family started the bizarre tradition of watching Fiddler on the Roof. We’re not normal.

Football is one of America’s most beloved pastimes. We have an entire culture built around watching it. But the NFL is ready to call a time-out and forbid players from hitting the field next season. Why? Because they want to completely eliminate ALL healthcare benefits for the athletes and their families, in addition to other ridiculous concessions. Read more »


‘Biggest Loser’ crew members losing out

In a day and age when fast food companies seem to be in competition to create the unhealthiest sandwich, the TV show “The Biggest Loser” puts forward a much-needed message about personal well-being. As it chronicles the contestants’ weight loss, the show stresses the importance of diet and fitness for one’s health. Given that focus, it’s pretty ironic that the show’s producers are obstructing crew members’ attempts to gain health care and retirement benefits for themselves and their families.

Last week every crew member on the show signed authorization cards to join the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union that represents stagehands throughout show business . In seeking union representation, they weren’t interested in becoming millionaires or keeping up with the latest fashions on Rodeo Drive. These workers want health care coverage. But when they asked for recognition, the producers said no. Seems a bit hypocritical doesn’t it?

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