Contract High – Deluxe Digital Cinema Technicians Win Raises, Respect

August 4, 2017

In a nondescript Burbank falafel joint on a sweltering Sunday afternoon in July of last year, co-workers crowded around an impromptu conference table made up of several four-tops pushed together. A tacky film adhered to the furniture, as is typical of greasy spoons. Sweaty forearms clung stickily to gummy tabletops. […]

Digital Cinema Employees Demand Deluxe Raise Wages

January 23, 2017

The delegation of nearly twenty employees delivered a petition from the company’s roughly seventy unionized employees, calling upon their employer to negotiate in good faith to bring wage rates in line with industry standards. […]

Volunteerism and Voluntary Recognition

August 1, 2016

Almost two years ago, I met a lot of new friends and reconnected with many old ones walking the picket line in support of the striking crew of Shahs of Sunset. That strike afforded plenty of […]

Choose Your Box

November 1, 2015

In early October of this year, a group of employees at Leftfield Entertainment, a large reality television production company in New York, faced such a choice, set more or less explicitly in just such terms. And, only a few weeks earlier, the employees of Deluxe Culver City, an LA-area post-production facility, made effectively the same choice themselves, albeit not as explicitly framed. […]

The Organizer’s Tale: Heroism on a Small Scale

March 1, 2013

The organizer’s tale goes like this: Several individuals come to the realization that they deserve better than what those in charge want to give them; they find the courage to stand up for themselves; they develop the compassion to stand up for each other; they find power in solidarity; after a fight, they win. […]

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