Lights, Camera, (Labor) Action!

You might have heard of the strike authorization among TV and Film workers in Hollywood. Here's how it'll impact the Inland Northwest.

  
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We won’t call it an “emergency” pod because the news is kinda good. We’d call it Breaking news … but it’s not really that either.

WHAT IT IS: a conversation with Rebecca Cook, proud Spokanite and Vice President of IATSE Local 488, which serves film and TV crews in Washington, Oregon, Montana and North Idaho.

We discuss:

  • The breadth of entertainment workers in our area

  • How a 12-hour “shoot day” is really a 16-hour work day.

  • How grueling hours lead to unsafe working conditions and potentially deadly commutes.

  • How “new media” like Netflix, Amazon & Disney+ continue to pay people poorly, even as they cross a quarter-trillion dollars of market value, thanks to outdated contracts they are trying desperately to maintain at the expense of workers’ health and safety.

  • The overwhelming majority of workers who are now saying “enough is enough.”

BUT ALSO:

  • Some seriously encouraging news about how taking this stand seems to be working.

Further Reading

A Smidge of Action

It’s one of our more hopeful episodes in a while! Enjoy!