Posted by Kerry on April 22, 2000 at 11:01:07:
In Reply to: Kerrys 50 dollars worth posted by Dave Brewster on April 22, 2000 at 00:01:21:
It's the nature of any kind of socialist movement and/or revolt. It isn't necessarily pragmatic, now is it? Or comfortable.
And yes I am saying that a union leader cannot be in the business!! BIG FAT PERIOD!! A conflict of interest will always keep a union weak. Please understand that I don't mean being a thug when I refer to a union leader striking fear into production houses, but fear based on the fact that they know he/she will be a walking pain in the butt by finding ways and leverage to put pressure on the big guys and to keep work here.
You act as if it's impossible. See you are too busy working to think of ways to help, you are too busy saying that the status quo is the only way, that we have no choices, that if we strike the work will disappear. Why don't you just say you are happy with the current circumstances and you are fine with the idea of thousands of Asian individuals pumping out the creative whims of Americans while graduating animators might as well stay in school where it is safe.
Of course we can't strike when our Union Leader is busy working and if we did strike he would be ringing his hands with worry over his own financial situation.
If we have to we should join forces with a more powerful union, unite with unions in other fields that would empathise with us and make us more powerful. If we shut down they shut down as well, imagine if all the set designers and carpenters on movie lots went on strike for sympathy with us, don't tell me that wouldn't have an impact. Find a union to unite with that has impact here at home with similar productions. The idea is to trip them up and force them to rethink doing business at home.
Now you explain to me how a working in the business union leader can work without bias toward getting extreme results which is what we need. He can't turn right or left without conflict of interest popping up. I DO NOT CARE HOW HONORABLE AND FORTHRIGHT HE/SHE IS OR HOW MUCH YOU RESPECT THEM!!!! It's impossible.
We need a dedicated Union leader who can move about freely, free from personal financial worry, and work with other unions, who can brainstorm, can become a media attention getter, who can make our concerns other people concerns.
You don't hire union leaders because they are respectable members of their field. You hire union leaders who can get crap done for members of that union. Who are bigger then life, loud, and dedicated.
You mentioned the steel industry. You act is if what is at stake for us is less important then it was for the steel workers of America. Our well beings and lively hoods are being shipped out of this country. You actually said it sarcastically. I say, Hell Yes, just like the steel workers who won their battles and have watchdogs that watch their interest, so should we.
We should look for a union leader from a different field, with a single minded ness of purpose, keep work here and salaries fair. Perhaps we could recruit one from the steel workers union. Don't think that a Union Leader has to know how to draw, paint, or be artsy farsty. It's enough if he understands business and numbers and our interest. But more importantly is charismatic and gets our needs heard.
I know you like Tom and would never question his dedication but it is very easy for us to sit back and see that while you lecture us that you have got a good thing goin on, and Tom does too. If Tom is doing anything but watching out for the union members interest then he is not a good union leader. PERIOD. A union leader can have only one job, being a union leader. Are we supposed to believe he works all day then comes home late at night to work on our problems? Even if he does he cannot work nearly as effectively as someone that is dedicated to our interest throughout the day. Starting his morning by making press releases and stirring up trouble. Now please be honest, how effective can Tom be?
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