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IATSE Pickets Face Strike-Breakers at “Biggest Loser” Monday

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Los Angeles – Production crew members on strike against the producers of “The Biggest Loser” will face strike-breakers crossing their picket line on Monday, Nov. 15, at their location at the King Gillette Ranch, 26800 West Mulholland Highway in Calabasas.  IATSE leaders and rank and file members of several production locals will join the union and non-union “Loser” crew to man the picket line.

Since the strike started and production shut down Monday, Nov. 8, and a preliminary discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 9, here have been no talks regarding crew representation on the reality series with production entities Reveille Productions, 25/7 Productions and 3 Ball Productions.  The strike was called after 100% of the production crew voted to support the IA and the producers refused to recognize the IA as the bargaining unit for the production crew.  AFTRA and DGA already have agreements with the production.

IA International President Matthew D. Loeb said, “The crew has not lost their resolve in spite of the employer hiring replacement workers and being unwilling to discuss a contract.  The IATSE will not lose our resolve to support them until this strike is over.”
“The Biggest Loser” is in its tenth season and airs on NBC.

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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.

For more information please contact:
General: comms@iatse.net
Press: press@iatse.net

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