Wednesday, May 18, 2011

We need to hear from you!!

Recently, BECTU has begun an organizing drive for visual effects artists in Great Britain. IATSE Local 891 is actively organizing in Vancouver. And, here in LA, we continue to seek to represent workers who are an integral part of the motion picture production community, but are treated as second-class citizens. We called meetings, baked chocolate chip cookies, and posted tweets, facebook pages, and blogged. We've spoken with other bloggers and followed discussions about the broken business model that is the primary cause of unprofitability in our industry. We met last weekend with representatives of all of the west coast studio locals of the IA to refine and retool our organizing campaign.
The only thing that's missing is the groundswell of support at the grassroots level. We understand your concerns about outsourcing. We share your frustrations about foreign countries and competing states offering tax credit programs to lure production and post-production to their recession-ravaged economies. Through it all, we continue to see big-budget features like Superman, BatMan, Spiderman, Tron, Green Hornet, Green Lantern, Transformers, Rango,and high-concept television series with dinosaurs, create bigger and better visual effects, right here in sunny California!!
And, now, we read that Digital Domain is in the first stages of an initial public offering; selling $115 Million in stock; so that they can produce and own effects laden intellectual property.
We need you to tell us that you're ready to act. Ready to sign a card. We'll bring one to your door, and we'll even bring the pen. We already represent over 30,000 motion picture workers, and thousands more in related fields. And we've experienced runaway production before, only to find creative solutions that keep our members working. We can do the same for you, if you'll just give us a call. So, shoot me a note at; and we'll get the ball rolling.
Come on, you've got noting to lose. We'll keep your employer in LA; we'll just make sure your employer treats you with a little respect.

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