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15,000 sign petition demanding Sinclair offer real support to unemployed sports broadcast technicians

IATSE Organizes Fox Sports Net North

NEW YORK, NY — As Sinclair refuses to improve upon their contemptuous offer of $2,500 loans to unemployed broadcast techs; over 15,000 allies singed a petition to Sinclair CEO Christopher Ripley asking that the company follow the example set by CBS, FOX, ESPN, and NBC by offering compensation and benefit contributions for canceled events.

“Broadcast techs are genuinely hurting in what was supposed to be one of their busiest months, and the workers know Sinclair can afford to do better”, said Fran O’Hern, Co-Director of Broadcast for the IATSE. “We hope that 15,000 petition signatures send the message that Sinclair needs to put their broadcast techs before profits and follow the lead of the other major networks”.

In the meantime, sports broadcast technicians across the country find themselves in a unique position, sitting at home and watching reruns of games they produced, knowing that Sinclair is generating revenue while they struggle to keep their families afloat.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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