Guild made effort to ensure union personnel used, Wyar sez

What were non-union workers doing at the recent Intl. Cinematographers Guild’s 75th anniversary celebration this month?

The guild says the situation was unavoidable since the party-rental company was non-union. And it noted that it arranged for IATSE Stagehands Local 33 to provide assistance to Classic Party Rentals in setting up tents, stages and lighting at its new national HQ in Hollywood.

“We made every effort to ensure that every facet of our celebration was handled by union personnel,” said Bob , special events manager for the guild. “We worked closely with Miguel Contreras and his staff at the L.A. County Federation of Labor in ascertaining which sectors of the events industry were unionized and which companies were good ones to use.”

Hollywood unions usually don’t face this issue because they book award galas at union hotels: the BevHilton, Century Plaza in Los Angeles and Waldorf-Astoria in Gotham. The SAG Awards, telecast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center, are also union-staffed.

Wyar noted the musicians were hired through Musicians Local 47; off-site parking was handled through the unionized 5 Star Parking Co.; the printer was a union printer; and catering was handled through Command Performance, which is part of an organizing drive to be the first unionized catering company in Los Angeles, with chefs in the Teamsters and servers in the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees.

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