Monthly Archives: March 2011

1929 Virginia Woolf on the relationship between art and workers

[F]iction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.  Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible; Shakespeare’s plays, for instance, seem to hang there complete by themselves.  But when the … Continue reading

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1861 This blog values people first, like Abe Lincoln did (see quotation).

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital.  Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.  Labor is the superior of capital and deserves much the higher consideration.     –Abraham … Continue reading

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1930s-1940s Who was Jeff Kibre?

The Federation of Motion Picture Crafts (FMPC) Within this world of fantasy are thousands of workers of all kinds who sweat, and who fight the same bitter struggles as other thousands of workers to secure a decent livelihood.                                                                                                          –Jeff … Continue reading

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1940s But those guys went to jail, right?

The End of Bioff and Browne in Hollywood (1941) Ending the work Jeff Kibre began, in 1941 a Federal Court found Willie Bioff and George Browne guilty of extortion and sentenced them to eight and ten years, respectively, in prison.  … Continue reading

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1930s That historic link between Hollywood Unions and Organized Crime…

The Mob             There was something very wrong with this union.                                                 –Gene Mailes, IATSE Activist (Nielsen Mailes 1995:31)             Roosevelt’s legalization of beer in April 1933, and the repeal of the 18th Amendment, ending prohibition, in December 1933, added … Continue reading

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1970s – 2000s Recent film union leaders haven’t exactly been models of virtue…

The Hollywood Sewer Creativity emerges from specific contexts and cannot be fully understood apart from its history. S. J. Perelman said that Hollywood is, “a dreary industrial town controlled by hoodlums of enormous wealth, the ethical sense of a pack … Continue reading

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1980s – 2000s Not much public sympathy for film workers… We think they’re rich.

            There is not a lot of public sympathy for film workers for a number of reasons.  Among those are beliefs about the wealth, glamour and privilege of those who work in the industry.   The public perception of Hollywood wealth is … Continue reading

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