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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 08:54 AM
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36. As a long term professional in those Unions allow me to calm
your concerns. Everyone called to work gets paid, work or no. A set up that gets cancelled, such as this one, or for weather reasons, or due to one cast member not being present is not at all unusual, and in most cases will not cost so much as a half day's shoot. Any show shooting on NY Streets is going to be adept at making quick changes. You can not call Union members to work and just send them home unpaid if you have some trouble with your day.
A running series will continue to run. No 'shop' was shut down, work was interrupted and that's all. I have, in fact, shut down a set I was working on, by joining the Teamster pickets on my breaks. So I and others like me do to our own what OWS did to our own. Are we 'shooting ourselves in the foot'?
Most of what you say is not correct. They did not 'shut down that show'. They disrupted work on one scene. That is not the same thing. At all. No one lost pay. No show was shut down. They no doubt moved and shot other things.
The Union workers on that set are most certainly supportive of OWS. They would see this inconvenience (and that is all it is) as part of the time and place we live in, and most of those workers have themselves walked months long picket lines, disrupted shooting and done their damnedest to make change and justice.
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