IATSE should just go ahead with the strike in light of this
Hours before actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of “Rust” with a prop gun, a half-dozen camera crew workers walked off the set to protest working conditions.
The camera operators and their assistants were frustrated by the conditions surrounding the low-budget film, including complaints about long hours, long commutes and collecting their paychecks, according to three people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment.
Safety protocols standard in the industry, including gun inspections, were not strictly followed on the “Rust” set near Santa Fe, the sources said. They said at least one of the camera operators complained last weekend to a production manager about gun safety on the set.
Three crew members who were present at the Bonanza Creek Ranch set that day said they were particularly concerned about two accidental prop gun discharges on Saturday.
Baldwin’s stunt-double accidentally fired two rounds Saturday after being told that the gun was “cold” — lingo for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammunition, including blanks, two crew members who witnessed the episode told the Los Angeles Times.
“There should have been an investigation into what happened,” said the crew member. “There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance that it wouldn’t happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush.”
A colleague was so alarmed by the prop gun misfires he sent a text message to the unit production manager. “We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe,” according to a copy of the message reviewed by the Times.
The cinematographer who was accidentally killed, Halyna Hutchins, had been advocating for safer conditions for her team, said one crew member who was on the set and was tearful when the camera crew left.
“She said, ‘I feel like I’m losing my best friends,’” recalled one of the workers.
As the camera crew — members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees — spent about an hour assembling their gear at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, several nonunion crew members showed up to replace them, two of the knowledgeable people said.
One of the producers ordered the union members to leave the set and threatened to call security to remove them if they didn’t leave voluntarily.
“Corners were being cut — and they brought in nonunion people so they could continue shooting,” the knowledgeable person said.
The shooting occurred about six hours after the union camera crew left.
People on here still talk about the 2007 writers’ strike 14 years later, yet it’s been crickets regarding the upcoming potential IATSE strike. THIRTEEN locals might be striking, the entire entertainment industry could potentially shut down, all because studios refuse to basically give workers human rights (one of the things they are fighting for is meal breaks. MEAL BREAKS!). In fact, studios want to get rid of meal penalties entirely and DOUBLE the already substantial hours needed to qualify for healthcare. David vs Goliath in it’s finest form.
If you enjoy film and television at all, you should be standing behind IATSE. Check out @ia_stories on Instagram to read some industry horror stories and educate yourself further here.
"Business owners around the country are offering up a lament: 'no one wants to work.' A McDonalds franchise said they had to close because no one wants to work; North Carolina congressman David Rouzer claimed that a too-generous welfare state has turned us all lazy as he circulated photos of a shuttered fast-food restaurant supposedly closed 'due to NO STAFF.'
Most of these complaints seem to be coming from franchised restaurants. Why? Well, it’s not complicated. Service workers didn’t decide one day to stop working — rather huge numbers of them cannot work anymore. Because they’ve died of coronavirus.
A recent study from the University of California–San Francisco looks at increased morbidity rates due to COVID, stratified by profession, from the height of the pandemic last year. They find that food and agricultural workers morbidity rates increased by the widest margins by far, much more so than medical professionals or other occupations generally considered to be on the 'front lines' of the pandemic. Within the food industry, the morbidity rates of line cooks increased by 60 percent, making it the deadliest profession in America under coronavirus pandemic.
Line cooks are especially at risk because of notoriously bad ventilation systems in restaurant kitchens and preparation areas. Anyone who has ever worked a back-of-the-house job knows that it’s hot, smelly, and crowded back there, all of which indicate poor indoor air quality. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency recommended increasing indoor ventilation to fight the virus, but such upgrades are costly and time consuming. There is no data available on how many restaurants chose not to upgrade their ventilation systems, but given how miserly franchise owners are with everything else, one could guess that many, if not most, made no upgrades at all.
Ventilation issues are deadliest for line cooks and other back-of-house jobs, but there are other reasons why food workers’ morbidity rates shot up. Food workers are much more likely to be poor and/or a racial or national minority, and poor people and black and Latino workers are much more likely to die of complications from the coronavirus.
Restaurants are often intentionally short staffed, making it difficult to take time off, so sick workers likely still came to work (and infected others in the process). Bars and restaurants are COVID-19 hotspots, and service workers and customers alike get sick after prolonged restaurant exposure. The difference is that many of those customers have health insurance and other safeguards to prevent them from dying of the illness; 69 percent of restaurants, on the other hand, offer their employees no health benefits at all.
When coronavirus is spread at restaurants, and restaurant workers make little money and rarely earn health benefits, it’s no wonder morbidity rates are so much higher for food service workers. But rather than collectively grieve the deaths of tens of thousands of the people who serve us and keep us fed, and keep such tragedies in mind when considering the state of the food-service industry labor market today, business owners and their political lackeys call these workers 'lazy.'
There are, of course, also living, breathing people who have decided they do not want to risk their lives for $7.25 per hour and no health benefits. That is a perfectly rational decision for the homo economicus to make. Given how dangerous restaurant work is during a viral pandemic, if restaurant owners really wanted more workers, they would offer living wages, health benefits, and adequate personal protective equipment. But all the wage increases in the world won’t bring back the dead.
There aren’t enough people working in the service industry, and service bosses have somehow turned that into our problem, into something we ought to be ashamed of. We shouldn’t fall for it. Profits accumulate because of labor — without workers to exploit, the owning class can’t get richer. Capitalists cannot exploit the labor of the dead, so when large swathes of the working class die, they turn their ire on the living.
This is a barbaric response to mass tragedy. Workers across the country and the globe are dead or grieving. We shouldn’t risk further tragedies for a paltry minimum wage."
- Sandy Barnard, "Service Workers Aren’t Lazy — They Just Don’t Want to Risk Dying for Minimum Wage." Jacobin, 5 May 2021.
BREAKING: the workers who make Chicago's favorite tortilla brand, El Milagro, have just walked out of a production facility in Little Village to demand an end to unsafe & unfair working conditions. They're supported by@AriseChicago
The workers are giving a press conference in front of El Milagro headquarters detailing stories of machine speedups, sexual harassment, 7-day work weeks, & being required to buy their own uniforms.
1. They're not on strike (yet). They walked out of their shift early & are demanding the company meet w/ them by 9/29 or they'll escalate. 2. They're not asking you to boycott El Milagro. They're asking you to call the company at 773 579 6120 & tell them to meet w/ the workers.
workers at every nabisco bakery in the US are on strike as of 8/20/21
mondelez international, nabisco's parent company, made billions in profit last year.
they're making their working conditions in the US worse to boost profits even further, and are closing US factories to move production to other countries where they can use relaxed labor laws to exploit those workers even more severely.
right now, nabisco employees in the US are specifically requesting supporters do not buy the company's products, especially products listed as being made in countries other than the US, to send the message that we won't tolerate worker mistreatment.
here are brands to boycott:
(this graphic isn't comprehensive, but includes their most popular, best-selling brands)
As everyone is getting (rightfully!) pissed about Amazon taking the filming of their new Lord of the Rings series out of New Zealand to the UK, now seems like a good time to remind everyone that back in 2010, Warner Brothers basically blackmailed the entire country into passing anti-union labor laws, known as "Hobbit Law", that are still affecting film workers in New Zealand today. This was done with full vocal support of Peter Jackson, by the way. Amazon is scummy and deserves all the derision it's getting- but Warner Brothers, Newline Cinema and Jackson should not be let off the hook either. The original Lord of the Rings trilogy would not have been remotely the same iconic piece of media it was without the people, talent and amazing landscapes of New Zealand, and it's important to recognize both the country's contribution and how poorly they've been treated in this entire franchise.
shaken to my spine and soul by the revelation about abdullah abdul-gawad's schedule during the ever given phenomenon, because like
boat stuck, big crisis, whoever made the call sends in this digger and the entire world, watching live, goes 'lolllllll one single excavator to rescue 12-20% of international trade'
(i was like 'i guess if they put too many earthmoving vehicles out there the bank might just collapse and dump them in the drink and In The Way? it appears to be just sand.')
and abdullah abdul-gawad looks at everyone clowning him and his excavator beside this massive stuck vessel in the Suez Canal and is like you think i can't??? and works 21-hour days for most of a week until the ever given is freed because
and this is the insane part
whoever made this call about how to address this international crisis sent not just one excavator
but one guy.
one single dude! when he was sleeping, digging was not getting done! progress was not made! so he didn't fucking sleep!
the incomprehensible stupidity of that. the evidence it provides of the world being more utterly and profoundly mismanaged than any of us want to think about.
and then, also, cursed cherry on top, they're not paying him for this spite-powered heroic feat because in addition to stupid the forces that run this globe-girdling rube goldberg machine of a system are evil.
I believe that tumblr’s decision to delete the satirical fan blog, @osha-official, is a violation of user rights under fair use.
First let’s be clear — none of the people who followed this blog actually believed that it was an official representative of the OSHA organization. It was obvious to all of us that the “official” in the blog title was satirical. We all fully understood that it was simply a fan blog that spread enthusiasm about labor rights and safety standards.
This is tumblr, after all. The layperson’s website.
The users on this website take PRIDE♡ in the website’s lack of "bluechecks." Many of us look upon influencer culture and corporate PR with disdain.
If tumblr @staff were truly concerned about a blogger impersonating an organization, then I do not understand why @staff didn’t simply require the blog to change its name, rather than deleting it altogether.
This blog was beloved.
The @osha-official fan blog made lighthearted, cheeky posts that support labor rights & safe working environments. It was relatable, and comforting, for us to be able to like and reblog posts of that nature.
For many users this deletion feels like a direct attack on our collective freedom of expression, and on our community identity.
Many of us are laborers ourselves.
Tumblr is one of the ONLY social media websites left in which users feel safe to voice genuine grievances about bad working conditions without fear of our bosses finding out and firing us.
More details are to come, but deal points include “improved wages and working conditions for streaming,” 10-hour turnaround times between shifts, MLK Day is now a holiday, “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives,” increased funding of the health and pension plans and a 3% rate increase every year for the duration of the yett-to-be approved contract, among other changes. The AMPTP had wanted to settle the rate increase at around 3% for the first year and then shift it down to 2.5% or even less for the subsequent two years of the contract.
When you speak out about sexual violence, you deserve to be believed.
You have the right to feel safe at work. If you’re a food-service worker who has experienced sexual violence on the job, know that you are not alone. Speak your truth. #SAAM #MeToo @fightfor15movement
Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (1864-1922), known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was...well, she was a lot of things.
[Bly before her around-the-world journey]
She famously successfully travelled around the entire world in just 72 days, setting a world record. She also invented modern-day investigative journalism and exposed conditions at mental institutions, ushering in widespread reform.
Born in Pennsylvania to a wealthy laborer-turned-landowner and his second wife, Bly was one of 15 children. Ambitious from a young age, she attempted to go to college but dropped out due to a lack of funds.
Her newspaper career started with her passionate response to a column in the Pittsburgh Dispatch that argued girls were 'Good For' bearing and raising children. Her writing was so excellent she was offered a job, where she declared all newspapers had an obligation to write about ordinary people. At just 18 years of age, she was commissioned to write an article about the lives of women.
She began publishing a series of articles about social issues, often going undercover. Her first article was about how divorce laws affected women, in one of her others, she worked in a factory to write about child labour and unsafe working conditions.
Her writing was so effective that corporate pressure eventually forced the Pittsburgh Dispatch to stop publishing her series, though her editor thought her writing was excellent.
Instead, she was told to cover social and cultural events. Bly immediately began to make trouble. She traveled to Mexico, from where she was deported after just six months after writing about the poverty and political corruption.
[A 21-year-old Bly in Mexico]
She was then recruited by Pulitzer to write for the New York World where she pioneered investigative journalism. Her far-reaching topics included poverty, housing, and labor.
In 1887, Bly feigned insanity in order to be sent to, and report on, The Blackwell Island insane asylum, named the Women's Lunatic Asylum. She stayed for 10 days and wrote a blistering report on the abusive treatment of the doctors, the lack of sanitary conditions, and the numerous 'patients' who were suffering from physical illnesses or had been placed there by malicious family members. Her writing kicked off massive reforms in treatment of mental illnesses and disabilities.
[A newspaper clipping reading:"Behind Asylum Bars. The Mystery of the Unknown Insane Girl. Remarkable Story of the Successful Impersonation of Insanity. How Nellie Brown Deceived Judges, Reporters and Medical Experts. She Tells Her Story of How She Passed at Bellevue Hospital.]
In 1889, Bly read Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne and rather felt she could do better. She convinced Pulitzer to finance her trip to circle the globe, and accomplished it in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds, setting the world record.
Bly retired from journalism when she got married in 1895 and, after the death of her husband, took over both of his companies. Bly introduced a series of reforms to support the rights and needs of her workers, including schemes for healthcare, exercise, and education.
She came out of retirement when World War One broke out. She immediately travelled to the Eastern Front and began reporting on the war for the New York Journal American.
[Bly and a Polish military officer]
Bly died of pneumonia in 1922 and was buried in the Bronx. Her legacy remains as one of the greatest journalists of all time.
There are other things I did not touch on for brevity's sake: her work with the Woman Suffrage Procession, the time she was arrested for accused espionage, her inventions. She was one of the greatest people of the 19th and 20th centuries, and her mark on journalism, labor movements, disability rights, and women's rights will continue to impact us all.
Chat with people. Get to know them. Care about them. Show through your actions that you’re a trustworthy, reliable, respectful person. You don’t have to be BFFs with them, and they don’t have to be BFFs with you. Keeping things on a casual basis is more than fine.
Yeah there’s more to it, but this is the foundation.
“While the 100 million computer workers in this country are more likely to be able to work safely indoors, other urgent and necessary work must continue outdoors, no matter the severity of the weather. The entirety of the working class is (or will be) affected by climate change, but it’s farm workers, letter carriers, construction workers, sanitation workers and other outdoor workers who are unable to escape to air conditioning, and are on the front lines of the environmental crisis. This clarifies the fight against climate change as one not just for environmentalists: Rising temperatures are a workplace safety issue. Relatedly, there is growing awareness among climate activists that workers’ rights and the future of the climate are inextricably linked. Continuing to connect these two existential issues is our best shot at a livable world in which we can all work safely and with dignity.”