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Hollywood union fights back, will strike against Pac-12 Network

Dec 8, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, one of the largest unions in Hollywood, plans to strike against the newly formed Pac-12 Network, calling it an “unfair employer,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

According to the report, the union said in a statement that the Pac-12 has used non-union members, which typically means lower wages for workers and no benefits for workers. Little has come of negotiations between the two sides.

“The skills and commitment of the broadcast technicians we represent are unparalleled,” IATSE President Matthew Loeb said, as reported by the paper. “These folks go above and beyond to guarantee the viewers the experience they deserve, and these workers deserve the dignity of a contract that secures their interests in return.”

The Pac-12 is the latest major conference to launch its own network, following the Big Ten. The union reportedly plans to strike on the campuses of some member schools in the Pac-12, including USC, Arizona State, Oregon, and Washington.

To read the full report, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. mrlaloosh - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Just what we need. More union involvement in sports. NOT

  2. sparty0n - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Shouldnt it be the workers actually doing the work concerned about a union if they are treated so unfairly?

  3. effjohntaylornorelation - Dec 9, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Unions just can’t see the harm they do, no matter the industry.

  4. omniusprime - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    I’m glad I don’t get the Pac-12 network. Just another sorry greedy business who screws workers with low pay and no rights. As our union labor force shrinks so does the middle class. Only an idiot supports the right to work cheap. Better pay for the 99% makers and less profit for the greedy 1% takers who are the real moocher class with a false sense of entitlement.

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