Union rally Monday to protest '1000 Ways to Die' producer
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Teamsters Local 399 will stage a large rally outside the Burbank headquarters of Original Productions on Monday morning in support of crew members from the TV series "1000 Ways to Die."
"This is about healthcare, this is about safety and dignity in the workplace, and it's part of the IA's ongoing campaign to support workers in the all genres of TV,'' said Mike Miller, director of motion pictures and television for IATSE.
The union represents about 30 crew members who were fired from the show on Thursday after attempting to unionize. Launched in 2008, the Spike TV show re-creates unusual ways in which people have died.
Original Productions, which makes a number of reality TV programs, including "Ice Road Truckers," has already hired replacement workers, union officials said.
Representatives of the company were not immediately available for comment.
This marks the second time in a year and half that IATSE has staged a high-profile strike in Hollywood. In late 2010, the union waged a successful walkout against the producers of the reality TV show "The Biggest Loser."
— Richard Verrier
Photo: Striking workers from "The Biggest Loser" picket the NBC reality show's set in Calabasas on Nov. 15, 2010, to secure a union contract. IATSE staged that protest and is staging one Monday for "1000 Ways to Die" workers who were fired after attempting to unionize. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times.