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SAG-AFTRA Leaders Back IATSE; Call On Companies To Adopt “A More Conscious Capitalism”

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In the wake of IATSE’s historic strike authorization vote, SAG-AFTRA leaders are calling on Hollywood’s employers to hear the complaints of their workers and adopt “a more conscious capitalism.”

“The results of the IATSE strike authorization vote are a resounding call for fairness, dignity and respect on the job,” SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher and national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland said in a joint statement. “IATSE frustrations with the employers must be heard and producers must adapt to a more conscious capitalism. Profit at the expense of things of true value like honor, respect and appreciation has no place in contemporary times. The 160,000 members of SAG-AFTRA stand with IATSE every step of the way.”

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“Conscious capitalism” is a phrase Drescher has used before.

My new @threadedhome tht @pattirobin59 turned me on2! This comp is Conscious Capitalism, made by village women in support of community, sustainability & education. We must support business that puts people & planet over profit!

— Fran Drescher (@frandrescher) September 28, 2018

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IATSE members, in an overwhelming show of union solidarity, voted over 98% in favor of granting their president, Matthew Loeb, the authority to call a strike if he and AMPTP president Carol Lombardini can’t work out a fair deal. They are scheduled to resume bargaining on Tuesday for the first time since September 12.

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Many IATSE members and their supporters have cast the union’s fight as one for basic human rights: for meal breaks; reasonable rest; secure pension and health benefits; and significant raises for the lowest-paid among them, some of whom make only a few dollars an hour more than minimum wage. The union also wants a bigger share of revenue from streaming shows for its members.

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