On Saturday, October 2, a car-painting drive-thru event will take place in the parking lots for Local 600, the International Cinematographers Guild, and Local 700, the Motion Picture Editors Guild, from 11am to 6pm PDT. They are located across the street from one another at 7755 and 7715 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. The two locals are the largest ones of the 13 that represent IATSE, and this event is meant to allow car owners to have their vehicles painted with pro-union messages as voting by movie and TV workers is underway on a strike authorization in the negotiations for livable wages, reasonable working conditions, and a more secure economic future.
Cathy Repola, National Executive Director of Local 700 says, “We are thrilled to be cosponsoring this event with Local 600. This is a perfect time to team with all of our brothers, sisters and kin everywhere, to stand together and seek the changes to working conditions that we all deserve, and to make our industry healthy for years to come.”
“IA Solidarity is not an empty tagline,” says Rebecca Rhine, National Executive Director of Local 600. “It is real, and you can feel it across the entire industry on and off set. We share one goal with our colleagues and neighbors at Local 700, which is to prevail in this fight for basic rights and decent working conditions.”
A similar event at Local 700 on Sept. 26 drew more than 400 vehicles, and you can see photos from that event below.
Union representatives and workers will be on hand for interviews.
The results of the strike authorization vote are due on Monday, Oct. 4.
Local 700, IATSE, represents 8,500 workers mainly in the post-production crafts, including picture editors, sound and music editors, and re-recording mixers, as well as technical directors and story analysts.
Local 600, IATSE, represents approximately 9,000 members who work in film, television and commercials as directors of photography, camera operators, digital imaging technicians, visual effects supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, all members of camera crews and publicists.
Photos from the Local 700 car-painting event from last Sunday. All photos courtesy the Editors Guild: