The IATSE’s quarterly General Executive Board meetings are an excellent way to catch up with doings in the world of labor. Day 2 played out as follows:
The IA’s website won the first Award for General Excellence (Internationals/Nationals) in the International Labor Communications Association’s 2007 Labor Media Contest. The site gets 50,000 hits per day, so they’re doing something right.
Here’s a big surprise: The Bush administration is doing everything in its power to make it as difficult as possible for labor unions to survive and organize. The National Labor Relations Board, set up during FDR’s New Deal to help unions, now serves to hinder it. Their latest set of regs were written by big business with that very goal in mind.
The IATSE and AFTRA have been meeting to coordinate organizing and contract negotiations.
Movie piracy has cost the entertainment business billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and millions of health and pension contribution hours. The Bush administration has been indifferent to defending intellectual property rights.
I wonder what the Bush administration would do if Wal-Mart or Goldman-Sachs had six billion dollars stolen from them, rather than from us.
-- Steven Soderbergh