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‘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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