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Eclair ACL Fw: Hollywood History Made - Jan 30, 2002...
Hi....more good news in the fight to bring down illegal Canadian subsidies
which have driven our jobs away....
Now's a good time to get involved. Check out www.ftac.org and go to the
If you're crew: Forcing Canada to remove their subsidies will bring back
production to the US, meaning you won't have so much time between
there will be jobs available on bigger projects and you'll be able to work
in Canada if you want. We also have to get IATSE to renegotiate the
Canadian contracts so they don't undercut our contract.
If you're a vendor, rental house, etc. More US production will result in
more rentals, sales, etc. If the ITC finds Canada in violation of NAFTA
(which they are) you'll be able to sue the Canadian government for lost
income during the time of the subsidies. This has occured successfully in
If you're a production company, more US production will mean more EPK work
here in LA, and a greater likelyhood that a studio will hire your services
to produce programming.
We all gain by bringing back production to LA. Now's the time for the
push, and the FTAC needs your support. NOW'S THE TIME!
Warren Yeager, SOC
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 9:36 AM
Subject: [Fwd: Hollywood History Made - Jan 30, 2002...]
> > From: FTAC <FTAC@ftac.net>
> > Date: 2002/02/06 Wed AM 02:23:51 EST
> > To: FTAC_Supporters@ftac.net
> > Subject: Hollywood History Made - Jan 30, 2002...
> > AN HISTORIC DAY IN HOLLYWOOD
> > HOLLYWOOD-January 30, 2002 was an historic day in Hollywood today and
> > culminated in an amazing two-hour session at the Hollywood Heritage
> > Some 40 film workers from Teamsters to movie stars to stunt men to
> > assistant directors to grips poured out their hearts to four
> > representatives of the U.S. International Trade Commission about the
> > runaway jobs crisis.
> > The occasion was a fact-finding mission to Hollywood by
> > the government agency charged with enforcing U.S. trade law. Last
> > and Tuesday the delegation was escorted by the studios and given an
> > overview of what the studios consider the film business. Today was our
> > and for the first time in anyone's memory, a panel of government
> > was listening to the rank and file side of the story.
> > For the ITC (US International Trade Commssion) and the US Commerce
> > Department, it was a ten-hour day of meetings and tours. It took them
> > vendors, to post production facilities, to independent studios, to
> > with SAG officials, and finally to the 100 year old barn on Highland
> > that houses the Hollywood Heritage Museum and that served as the first
> > studio in Hollywood. They listened intently, took notes, and asked
> > questions as one film worker after another detailed their own personal
> > stories of the collapse of an industry. The unseasonably cold winds
> > knocked out the heating in the barn and the cold and the gloom of the
> > museum only served as counterpoint to the passion and anger that
> > room.
> > The mission of the ITC and the Commerce Department is to administer US
> > trade remedy law in a fair and objective manner, and they left us with
> > doubts in our mind that this dedicated group of professionals would do
> > exactly that. Among other things our tour pointed out that the studios
> > alone do not represent the industry. The group saw for themselves that
> > studios main function is stage rental and product distribution. The
> > our industry is now sourced out to countless small struggling
> > and tens of thousands of independent workers who move from job to job.
> > Especially notable was the spontaneous outpouring of anger against
> > leaders that came not just from IATSE members but from SAG, DGA,
> > Laborers, and vendors. This anger was directed at Tom Short's apparent
> > support of the Canadian subsidies, his claim that IATSE members are
> > effected by the Canadian runaways, his status as unelected union boss,
> > his intimidation of IATSE locals on the countervailing duties (CVD)
> > was passionately denounced by the film workers.
> > It was an historic day because film workers for the first time since
> > 1940's were uniting across union lines in a powerful coalition to
> > their interests against the studios. It was historic because "rust
> > workers of a dying industry had returned to the oldest building in
> > Hollywood and the very birthplace of our industry, to save an industry
> > took generations of sweat and toil to build. It was historic because
> > four years of struggle, we have finally found someone in the
> > will listen to us, and when we provide them with the facts, has the
> > to subpoena the financial information from the studios and obtain
> > information unavailable to us.
> > Our law firm, Stewart and Stewart, is the best in the country on
> > countervailing tariffs. Not only have they won numerous CVD cases, but
> > they were negotiators who helped write the law under which we will
> > them. The legal costs will be steep, but we are confident that the
> > community will come through with the funding. Last Sunday, Teamsters
> > 399 voted unanimously to contribute $20,000 to our legal fund, which
> > on top of the $6,000 in startup funds they have already contributed.
> > We are continuing our fundraising campaign with both individuals and
> > companies. We have now achieved a stage of creditability and momentum
> > is already showing results by an increased level of financial
> > contributions. In the mean time, we are still soliciting contributions
> > all our supporters. Now is the time for our IA locals to break lose
> > intimidation from above and contribute to the FTAC legal fund. If we
> > together we can defeat the Valenti/Short alliance and bring our jobs
> > Please send all contributions to FTAC, 11271 Ventura Blvd. Suite 418,
> > Studio City, CA 91604
> > This battle is ours to lose. We have a bewildering array of legal and
> > bureaucratic hurdles to overcome before the duties become law, but the
> > representatives left us with the clear impression that this is
> > one government agency that will remain impartial and will not be
> > from their duty to uphold the law regardless of the political and
> > power of our opponents. Our ranks are growing but so is the workload.
> > are what the government needs to uphold our claims and the job of
> > those facts falls to us as initiators of the petition. We are asking
> > join us and volunteer to help in our quest to contact all of our
> > film workers and vendors. Join us and lend your energy to a cause that
> > not only just and has the moral high ground but a cause that will
> > your job home.
> > Come to our next meeting:
> > FTAC TARIFF COALITION MEETINGS
> > Each Month •1st & 3rd Thursday • 7:30 PM
> > HOLLYWOOD CENTER STUDIOS
> > CORNER OF LAS PALMAS AND SANTA MONICA BLVD.
> > HOLLYWOOD (Use parking lot "A" or "D")
> > (800) 863-6134 www.ftac.net
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> > Or Fax us at: 818-990-8672
> > Or write to us at:
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> > Studio City, California, U.S.A. 91604
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