Thursday, July 28, 2011

Have we lost our sense of decency???

I read with dismay about the Composers and Lyricists abandonment of their organizing campaign, in conjunction with Teamsters Local 399, and their request that the Major Studios provide them with Health Insurance. The studios, hiding behind solid legal precedent that correctly found these individuals to be "independent contractors", decided that, since these people have no power, no clout, and no real threat of a labor stoppage, they could safely reject their modest request.
Once again, the Studios have taken a hard line; merely because the people across the table are weak and susceptible of being squashed. Yet, these creative members of the film community have wives, husbands, partners, and children; just like the rest of us. They go to the doctor and the dentist, and occasionally, to the hospital.
Industry leaders apparently have no conscience. Why should they? It's apparently not beneficial to the stock price.
We certainly have sunk to a new low.

1 comment:

  1. There is a great article on this in the July 22 Variety. For those without online access to Variety, WePartyPatriots did a nice write up on it here

    Steve Kaplan
    The Animation Guild