One small anecdote I neglected to recount about the recent IA negotiation.
During contract talks, you do a lot of sitting around and waiting. And while you wait, you talk. During one such lull I fell into conversation with a representative from a live-action union who told me the following:
"We've had problems with unpaid overtime for years. Producers expect our people to take work home, or work until two in the morning, and show up for work again at 7:00 a.m., all without extra compensation. Our union didn't even try to police the contract violations for a long time. Now that we are trying to police them, production companies are getting mad.
If our people refuse to work off-the-clock, they get accused of not being 'team players'."
I responded with: "It never occurs to these people that their company agreed in a contract to pay overtime. So maybe they're not team players when they refuse to pay wages that corporations have pledged in writing to pay."
But hey. Many companies make a practice of ignoring state and federal labor codes. Why should collective bargaining agreements be any different?
(And aren't you glad to know there's so much of this crap going around?)