More major union support for the striking crew members on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. After being endorsed on a county level by the LA County AFL-CIO on Tuesday, the IATSE-led strike, now in its second week, was just sanctioned by the state’s California Federation of Labor:
(Oakland) –The California Labor Federation today declared a strike sanction on behalf of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) against the reality television series “The Biggest Loser” and its production entities, Reveille Productions, 25/7 Productions and 3 Ball Productions.
The sanction follows a vote by 100% of the production crew members to support the IATSE. The California Labor Federation, which represents 2.1 million members statewide, offered full support to the striking workers in their fight to gain a fair contract.
“A television show is only as good as its production crew,” said Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation. “The striking crew members on ‘The Biggest Loser’ put their heart and soul into creating a quality show each and every week. It’s shameful that the show and its production entities have shown so little respect for those who are so integral to the show’s success. The 2.1 million members of the California Labor Federation stand in solidarity with the striking members of the production crew in their fight to secure a decent wage with good benefits.”