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Congressman Connolly Refuses to Cross Union Picket Line & Cancels Filming of Cameo in Sharknado 3 Production

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We thank Congressman Connolly for supporting workers and the IATSE.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Gerry Connolly on Friday canceled his scheduled filming for a cameo role in the upcoming movie Sharknado3 when he learned that union crew members from IATSE were on strike against the movie’s production company.

Connolly, an amateur thespian who has appeared in numerous community theatre productions, said, “While I would have enjoyed filming my brief cameo appearance for Sharknado3, I cannot be a party to the firing of a film crew seeking unionization, or its replacement with scab labor.”

The Virginia Democrat said he has never crossed union picket lines and has always supported the rights or workers to unionize and bargain collectively.

“While the thought of participating in my first movie production was alluring, I think I was destined to be eaten by sharks, anyway,” Connolly said.

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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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