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    May 5, 2022

    The US Supreme Court has acknowledged the authenticity of its leaked initial draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade. While the draft opinion is genuine, it is not the final ruling, and for now it remains legal to access abortion and reproductive healthcare in the United States.

    Should the court’s final decision resemble this outrageous draft, SCOTUS would abandon a 50-year precedent and the will of 70% of the American people to impose one of the worst contractions of freedoms in modern US history. Such a move would directly harm the welfare of our union sisters and kin, and therefore we must respond strongly.

    We know well the catastrophic consequences that follow when authoritarians legislate control over our wombs, bodies, and lives. Taking away the option to receive compassionate reproductive care in the form of safe, legal abortions will disproportionally harm working-class people, force unwilling parents into poverty, worsen the already unacceptable maternal mortality crisis, imprison innocents for their biological functions (including miscarriages), and cut short far too many bright careers and lives.

    If the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision stands as is, the court would have built a pathway to nullify other rights Americans fought and died for. Rights Americans build our lives around today. The draft language opens opportunities to take away contraceptives and birth control, Civil Rights legislation, interracial marriage, LGBTQ+ marriage equality, Title IX, and even Brown v Board of Education. If extremist justices will blatantly ignore established legal precedent and lie about it in their confirmation hearings, how far will they go? Even the First Amendment right to form or join unions and our very existence may be at risk.

    We stand together as sisters, brothers, and kin to ensure liberty and justice for ALL. We call on lawmakers at all levels to defend reproductive healthcare and Americans’ other fundamental freedoms immediately, or face being replaced by those who will.

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    An important update about continued relief for your members.

    Continued No-Cost COBRA Relief: This notice is being mailed to those participants who qualified for the IATSE National Health & Welfare plan's no-cost COBRA relief as of April 1, 2022. If they continue to not meet plan enrollment requirements, the relief will extend for another 3 months.



     


    ANNOUNCEMENT FROM IATSE INTERNATIONAL:

    Sisters, Brothers, Kin – 

    The Broadcast Workers who bring local FOX news coverage to the New York and Washington DC metro areas continue to fight to end their decade-long wage freeze and negotiate a fair agreement.

    So far, the give and take required for productive negotiations has been disproportionate, and management has refused to move off their demands to create a more disposable workforce. In this, FOX Television Stations, Inc. is turning its back on 75 years of stable labor conditions and a productive labor-management relationship.

    So far, the give and take required for productive negotiations has been disproportionate, and management has refused to move off their demands to create a more disposable workforce. In this, FOX Television Stations, Inc. is turning its back on 75 years of stable labor conditions and a productive labor-management relationship.

    FOX’s Broadcast Workers are asking for your support! Will you sign our petition demanding management return to the table with a fair proposal and negotiate in good faith?

    FOX’s latest proposal included provisions that would:

    • Deprive the Union of its lawful right to bargain over terms and conditions of employment by offloading subjects of collective bargaining onto Company Handbooks and policies which can change at any time.
    • Allow the Company to replace union broadcast workers by permitting non-union workers to operate, repair, and/or maintain broadcast and technical equipment.
    • Allow the Company to rely on overly permissive Force Majeure language basically letting the Company off the hook with respect to its contractual obligations whenever there is an event impacting station operations, not just in times of true crisis (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic).
    • Reduce vacation time while at the same time scheduling excessive overtime at the Company’s discretion.
    • Divide workers into narrower new seniority lists to make it easier to lay off long-term employees.

    When the last contract between the Unions and FOX was negotiated during the financial crisis in 2008, workers understood the need to make temporary sacrifices with an expectation those sacrifices would be honored in future negotiations.

    Fourteen years later, current FOX management refuses to even acknowledge those past sacrifices, while these same workers endured numerous hardships working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, racial-justice protests, the 2020 elections, and the January 6th insurrection on Capitol Hill.

    Join FOX Broadcast Workers and click here to sign the petition demanding management come to the table with a fair proposal.

    In solidarity,

    Team IATSE


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303 Hegenberger Road Suite 204
Oakland, CA 94621
  510-430-9832

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