Friday, September 28, 2012

Right to Work!

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution brings us news:

... Bento Box said Thursday that it was working with city and state officials to train dozens of artists and designers to staff the northwest Atlanta studio. The California-based company said it hopes to have 200 employees at the studio within three years.

“We really see Atlanta as a great place to engage the talent in Georgia,” said Scott Greenberg, the company’s co-founder. “We’ll be a part of the community, and we intend to do a lot more work down there.” ...

We've known about Bento Box's Georgia outpost for a bit of a while now, and funny thing.

Though we have a contract with BB in Los Angeles (our bailiwick), the Atlanta studio is in Right To Work land, and we're informed that the pay they are offering in peach and magnolia country is way less than here on the Left Coast. In fact, we recently got an agitated call from an artist down there.

... They offered me a job, called and offered, but the pay is low. So low, in fact, that I can't live on it, and I turned them down. I don't know how people can survive on what Atlanta studios pay ...

Beats us. Maybe they're still living with Ma and Pa.

Bento Box Los Angeles isn't offering union wages out of the goodness of its heart. It's paying union rates because we had a bit of leverage and used it to secure a union contract. (It helps that California is not a right to work state. Yet.)


Oswald Cox said...

Private unions' biggest threat is the feckless and greedy public unions. They sway the public against organized labor more than any corporate agenda.

To whit:

Nathan said...

So strange that they should pay less in Georgia, despite the film subsidies they get for moving the work to the state.

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