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State labor federation joins protest over "Biggest Loser"

November 18, 2010 |  6:21 pm

The labor fight over "The Biggest Loser" is going statewide.

The California Labor Federation on Thursday declared its support for the strike waged by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees against the NBC reality television series “The Biggest Loser” and its production entities, Reveille Productions, 25/7 Productions and 3 Ball Productions.

The labor federation probably will urge its members to join picket lines that have been erected outside the Calabasas ranch where "The Biggest Loser" is taped. Crew members walked off the job last week in a dispute over union representation and benefits.

“A television show is only as good as its production crew,” said Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation. “The striking crew members on ‘The Biggest Loser’ put their heart and soul into creating a quality show each and every week.... The 2.1 million members of the California Labor Federation stand in solidarity with the striking members of the production crew in their fight to secure a decent wage with good benefits.”

The action follows a similar statement of support earlier this week from the L.A. County Labor Federation.

-- Richard Verrier