Posts Tagged ‘IATSE’

Off the Clock with actor Christopher Gorham

Off the Clock

In this regular interview series, American Rights at Work spends some time off the clock with notable workers’ rights leaders, supporters, experts, and organizers.

We’re big fans of actor Christopher Gorham and his memorable performances over the years on shows like Ugly Betty, Out of Practice, Jake 2.0, and Popular. He’s now starring on USA Network’s Covert Affairs as CIA analyst Auggie Anderson, returning tonight. Read our interview with Chris to learn more about this outspoken union member’s first union job, favorite labor film, and what he likes to do when he’s off the clock… Read more »

 

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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‘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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