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IATSE deals ‘Joe’ blow to NBC

Alliance alleges hazardous situations on sets

The Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the Natl. Labor Relations Board against NBC Studios over alleged misconduct in the Hawaiian production of “Average Joe.”

The below-the-line union accused producers of requiring crew to work without meals and breaks for as many as nine hours, with only a few hours to rest between shifts and at locations with no bathroom facilities.

IATSE also alleged some crew were not provided with accommodations and ended up in tents on the beach; that unskilled production assistants were assigned; and that there were no medics on the set even when the crew worked in hazardous situations like hanging lights on the tops of palm trees.

NBC reps did not respond to a request for comment.

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