Monthly Archives: June 2011

1980s – present: In contract negotiations, IATSE rank-and-file are like boiled frogs…resulting in contracts that are “family killers.”

With regard to union member passivity, one person I interviewed referred to what he calls the problem of boiling frogs.  [Name withheld pending interviewee approval] always worked before the runaway production took off, “The jobs were there.  We were in demand.  … Continue reading

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2006–There may still be time for the unions…

Not all is lost.  There is still time.  According to [IA member, name withheld pending permission of interviewee] this is how it starts:  “If the unions got together, we could take care of ourselves.  We could take care of our … Continue reading

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2007–“Greed alone cannot innovate” Runaway Production hollows out the labor force, film content, and contributes to hollowing out America’s middle class

Runaway production, by costing the United States billions of dollars in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs does not just hollow out the Hollywood labor force, it also contributes to the ideological hollowing out of film content, and the … Continue reading

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2006 — Are there Positive Aspects of Runaway Production? Nope.

            I wonder if there are optimistic possibilities embedded in the changes this project has documented.  If you’re building a labor force in Canada, in Australia, in Botswana, you’re building sound stages, and a more multicultural workforce.   If you are … Continue reading

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