Target has been using this video to dissuade workers from joining the United Food and Commercial Workers, which wants to unionize Target employees. Gawker posted the 13-minute film on Monday.
But as Salon's Justin Elliott points out, the actors in it are actually union members, and the film was produced under the aegis of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. On stage right is Ric Reitz, who plays the president of the United States in the upcoming "Green Lantern" release.
Union Actors in Target's Anti-Union Video
Posted 19 June 2011 - 11:34 AM
Posted 13 July 2011 - 09:40 PM
Just like I don't get the whackjob DPs that shoot 35mm commercials of digital cameras, using Kodak's own film against them, playing it off as coming from the point and shoots!
I don't understand union folks who have anything to do with A-holes like that, or patronize non-union minimum wage theatres (cINEMARK, ahem ahem).
cinemark has a blurb in their book that is borderline illegal saying IATSE doesn't represent your interests, only cinemark does.
IDK about Target, but I don't go to cinemark and I don't go to wal-Mart. Any organization that is blatantly out to exploit its workers (we aren't talking about fast food where minimum wage is the only way to get the burger out the door and make some money on it) can make its money off some other suckers.
Especially if you're in the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employes, you really have a duty to look out for your Union Brothers and Sisters. Guys up in the booth aren't making $60/hr., they're lucky to gros $30K a year working holidays evenings and weekends, often 4 hours at a time.
Those poor Target Bast*rds are probably fighting for 50¢ an hour above minimum wage and (shock!) a 40 hour workweek that entitles them to over=priced low value benefits and (horror_ TWO WEEKS of paid vacation for every 250 days of hard, monotonous, repetitive work.
Edited by K Borowski, 13 July 2011 - 09:44 PM.
Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:01 PM
I half expected them to give me an anti-union shirt, and free passes to Cinemark to go see "Hoffa."
Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:11 PM
Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:14 PM
Posted 15 July 2011 - 12:06 AM
I walk the line between employer, employee, white collar/blue collar worker myself. But WalMart is everything wrong with the "market" all rolled into one; so is cinemark.
Does WalMart have its own bank yet to charge its employees interest on thier own paychecks? cinemark does. . .
Posted 20 July 2011 - 10:12 PM