Local 600 Elections
Posted 13 April 2007 - 11:48 AM
As a newbie, just interested in hearing peoples thoughts.
Posted 13 April 2007 - 01:07 PM
So I'm supporting Steve Poster, who I think has helped get things back on track.
However, I'm also supporting "independent" candidate Robert Primes for 2nd VP because Bob is a consensus-builder and strongly opposed to partisanship, not that I have any problems with John Toll, who is Poster's choice for that position.
I have to admit though that the Wexler camp is extremely passionate about their causes, many of which I support, but I lack confidence in their ability to get things done. Politics is rightly the art of compromise, necessary to adequately represent the needs of a wide-ranging membership -- compromise is often a dirty word, but actually it's at the heart of a democracy, what makes it work. And I don't see the Wexler group as being very good at the give-and-take of politics; they take ideological stands basically and nothing seems to get accomplished. That's my humble opinion.
I think it's wrong for anyone to make an issue of Haskell's age or near-retirement status; I've seen him work and he's got the stamina of someone thirty years younger, so that's a non-issue in my book. And I support his efforts regarding the length of working hours on movie sets. But I don't feel that his administration would be able to work with the larger IATSE administration, and if the power of a union comes from anything, it's from strength in numbers. The Camera Union can't go it alone.
Posted 24 April 2007 - 10:55 AM
I thought Haskell's film was well done and passionate and I agree with most of what he says. While he is one of the best cinematographers I know of, I wonder if he has the business acumen and even keel to work with a large organization in getting things done. I would like to see him remain on the board but I think we need strong negotiator up top.
Posted 24 April 2007 - 04:19 PM
There are certain positions (some of the big ones) where I don't really want to vote for ANY of the candidates, and there are other positions where I don't know anything about the people running, so this will be a tough vote for me. I'm still very undecided, and I think I'm going to be undecided right up until the moment I make my vote in a few cases.
Hopefully things will get back on track and in the next negotiations we can actually make some gains instead of giving things away. Actually, I wouldn't mind "giving away" the low budget tiered contract......