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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

IATSE Wins Contract with NBC’s Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge after 1-Day Strike

Deadline: After a one-day strike in Atlanta, the producers of NBC’s Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge have come to terms with IATSE for a contract covering some 200 of the show’s crew members.


David Kelley said...

While this article does a lot to show the influence and collective bargaining power of IATSE, it really did not show what problems that the crew was dealing with beforehand. I am impressed that they were able to resolve everything in a 12 hour period I'm curious on what was happening that was unreasonable( not to say that their concern was not merited) because honestly without out that information the article kinda reads as a strong arm move, which I both hope and don't think it was. But the tone of the article kinda lends it self to that notion. The article could have benefited well from stating the working conditions that they were unsatisfide by, because not only does it show the progress that you make in your negotiations, but also it would help highlight what are working conditions that you should not just suck up and keep working with but rather seek organization for. In short I just wish that the article had more information.

John Yoerger said...

It is impressive to see the power of unions and their ability to make a company come to terms. I do find it interesting though because the ability for a strike to occur usually requires substantial issue, but this seemed like a very minuscule thing (incl. not having their union contract). I'm not exactly sure that this would have worked with a larger company or if there were different circumstances around the production of the show. Because while there are unionized workers, there's also people who just need a job and will do whatever and try because they don't want to lose it. So there is, perhaps, a benefit to letting striking workers peace out and never return. It is also good to hear that even with Trump as President, we are able to strike and express our right to freedom of speech. Maybe it is annoying, but hell, we can still do it and that has to count for something, right? Please?

Julien Sat-Vollhardt said...

I find it interesting the overlap II've theater and tv is the necessity of stage managers for live shows such as this. I guess I just had never thought about t, but a live recorded show is as much a live performance as theater, because most of the On my way! There is an actual I studio audience, and the. The rest of the audience is through the camera and behind the television screen. I'm not sure what the equivalent it is for traditional film, but I'm sure there is a similar role that is with the actors throughout rehearsal and makes sure they are where they need to be. Film is very far removed from the live proces, but at least the actors are doing all their acting in real-time, just in small chunks and out of order.