Earlier this month, the crew of Bravo’s successful reality TV series Shahs of Sunset formally requested that their employer recognize their right to have union representation. After receiving no response, the crew walked off the job on September 10, shutting down production and post-production on the show’s fourth season to demand a contract with health and retirement benefits. Instead of negotiating, Bravo and Ryan Seacrest Productions announced on September 26 that they were firing the crew.
Bravo intends to continue work on the season with scabs. We intend to stop them.
Walk the line.
Date: Monday, 9/29/2014
Time: starting 9:00 A.M.
Location: 5750 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., CA (south side of Wilshire, just east of Hancock Park and the Tar Pits)
Any amount of time you can spare would be appreciated. Whether or not your schedule permits you to participate in scheduled weekday picketing, there are also other ways to show your solidarity:
· Wear your Editors Guild t-shirt to work. Whether you’re working a union or a non-union job, coordinate with your coworkers to come in one day this week wearing Local 700 shirts. This is especially important if you’re currently employed on a project associated with Bravo or any other NBCUniversal entity. Don’t have a shirt? You can pick one up at the picket line.
· Are you on Twitter? Use the link bit.ly/ShahsTweet to tell Bravo you’re #NotWatching their programming until they return folks to work under an IATSE contract!
· You can use the link bit.ly/TellBravo to send Bravo a message through its website. Write your own, or feel free to use this text: “I support the right to organize, and I won’t watch your programming until Bravo reverses its outrageous decision to fire the crew of ‘Shahs of Sunset’ for exercising their lawful rights! Shame on Bravo!”
· If you are or ever have been an editor or assistant editor on a Bravo show, sign the “Petition to Bravo from the Community of Bravo Editors” and encourage peers to do likewise.
· Monitor the Guild Facebook and Twitter feeds for more updates on this struggle. Share posts and retweet. You can also follow events on the Guild’s organizing website, www.PostProud.org.