Green, Epstein, Bacino Inc. and its subsidiary, Wallet Size Pictures who have in past years successfully produced low budget motion pictures non-union, had again hoped to avoid an IATSE contract on its current slate of productions.
However, an organizing team led by International Representative, Scott Harbinson arrived in New Orleans, LA during the second week of production. Assisted by John Hilsman from Local 600, Phil LoCicero of Local 478 and International Representative Don Gandolini, the organizers quickly obtained authorization cards from the majority of the crew, made its demand for recognition and set a strike deadline.
Over the course of negotiations, both companies agreed to execute and be bound by all of the various industry term agreements. In addition to committing their companies to working under agreements for the current as well as all future productions, the companies also agreed to provide retroactive benefits for each covered crew member.