Union Support Noted at the Oscars

Last night watching the Oscars there was not much said in the way of politics during any of the acceptance speeches, save for a couple of winners thanking their union crews and Charles Ferguson, the winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary for Inside Job. Ferguson said during his  acceptance speech:

Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after a horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail and that’s wrong.”

Wally Pfister, the best cinematography winner  “made a point during his acceptance speech of thanking his union crew on “Inception.””

Backstage he went further, expressing shock at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal, which would limit union’s collective bargaining powers. Opponents of the plan have been protesting at the state capitol for 21 days.

“I think that what is going on in Wisconsin is kind of madness right now,” Pfister says. “I have been a union member for 30 years and what the union has given to me is security for my family. They have given me health care in a country that doesn’t provide health care and I think unions are a very important part of the middle class in America all we are trying to do is get a decent wage and have medical care.”

Union crews play a huge part in making movies. Of the multitudes of people that work behond the scenes to make movies, many belong to unions, including the actors. Here’s a list of the some of the key guilds and unions in the Film Industry:

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers
American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Director’s Guild of America
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
Location Managers Guild of America
Motion Picture Editors Guild
Motion Picture Sound Editors
Producer’s Guild of America
Screen Actor’s Guild
– Location Managers, Drivers, Dispatchers, Autoservice Personnel, Mechanics, Couriers, Chef Drivers, Animal Trainers, Wranglers, Warehousemen
Writers Guild of America

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About Pamela Leavey

Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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