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19th February 2013
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The editorial crew of "Swamp People" has walked off the job in protest of their employer's Unfair Labor Practice. The management of "Swamp People," a docu-reality series produced for History by Original Media operating under the name CCM Projects, unlawfully interfered with employees' rights under the National Labor Relations Act by interrogating employees about union organizing activity.
Until further notice, Guild members and potential members are instructed not to service the production.
In the event that you hear of any attempt by the production company, Original Media, to replace our colleagues on strike, contact OrganizingLA@editorsguild.com at once to alert Guild organizers.
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Thanks for looking out, Tom. Just curious, what's to prevent them from finishing the production with non-union crews?
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20th February 2013
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Thanks for looking out, Tom. Just curious, what's to prevent them from finishing the production with non-union crews?
The law?
It's prohibited, atleast in Europe...
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Yes. As far as I know, it's against the law to intimidate or question any employees about union organizing.
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The law?
It's prohibited, atleast in Europe...
Wait, you have laws in Portugal prohibiting non-union people to work? I don't really understand that.... So, you need to be licenced, like a medical doctor, to practice sound??
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Thanks for looking out, Tom. Just curious, what's to prevent them from finishing the production with non-union crews?
Nothing, really, I don't think. They could hire scabs, but those people would have to cross the picket line, which action could negatively affect their future careers, and hiring scab labor could also lead to further union problems affecting the production, such as the Teamsters..
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Thanks for the Heads up Tom. I saw something in one of the job posting I was poking around at from CCM. Nothing specific to this show though.

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Just heard thru the Union that the SWAMP crew got a new contract and they are all back to work!

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Wait, you have laws in Portugal prohibiting non-union people to work? I don't really understand that.... So, you need to be licenced, like a medical doctor, to practice sound??
When a worker is on strike , his employer cannot replace him for someone else , it's a crime.
It would totally defeat the point of being on strike
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When a worker is on strike , his employer cannot replace him for someone else , it's a crime.
It would totally defeat the point of being on strike
Cool, I totally didn't know that!
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When a worker is on strike , his employer cannot replace him for someone else , it's a crime.
It would totally defeat the point of being on strike
Not the case in the US unfortunately. Our government isn't very fond of unions.
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Not the case in the US unfortunately. Our government isn't very fond of unions.
And yet, this strike was successful. The editors on "Swamp People" are now working under a Local 700 contract.

Solidarity works. Up the union. Viva La Huelga.

And by the way, it's not the Government that is not fond of unions in the U.S., it's the greedy capitalists.
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What contract were they working under before? Or were they a non-union crew considering organizing?
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On a related note...Anyone in NYC know which Local Broadway audio engineers work under?
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Not the case in the US unfortunately. Our government isn't very fond of unions.
Considering how much certain unions contribute to political campaigns, I'd say the government is sometimes excessively fond of unions.
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Considering how much certain unions contribute to political campaigns, I'd say the government is sometimes excessively fond of unions.
Well, one side is union friendly.
Thank god.
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"On a related note...Anyone in NYC know which Local Broadway audio engineers work under?"

I'm pretty sure they're part of the stagehands IATSE local 1.
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