Production of “Sharknado 3” has been hit with picketing in Washington, D.C., as members of the production crew have walked off the job in order to unionize.
Picketing began March 3 outside the Burbank-based offices of “Sharknado 3″ production and has continued since then. The actions have been organized by the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
IATSE said Wednesday that it met the production in front of the White House when they attempted to resume filming in Washington, D.C. The union said that all IATSE members, when notified, honored the strike and walked off the job.
“Representatives of the IATSE and its local unions will be present whenever and wherever this production attempts to film in and around Washington, D.C.,” said Dan Mahoney, assistant director of the IATSE Motion Picture Department.
Mahoney said that employees have asked production company The Asylum for the same union benefits and protections that were provided to the crew on “Sharknado 2.”
“It is employees working for anti-worker companies like The Asylum who need the enforceable working conditions and protections of a union agreement the most,” he added.
IATSE said The Asylum is scheduled to shoot in Washington, D.C. for the next three days.
Syfy and The Asylum have not responded for comment other than issuing a mocking statement last week through attorney Scott Meehan.
“We are happy to report that we have reached an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Selachimorpha, which represents the sharks in our film,” Meehan said. “We will be increasing the amount of chum at the craft services table and will no longer require our employees to sleep without moving.”
The third installment of the “Sharknado” saga brings back Ian Ziering and Tara Reid. Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter will play the president and vice president of the United States.
Syfy announced in January that the third installment of the pop culture sensation would premiere on Syfy this July and be set in Washington, D.C., with sharks causing massive destruction in the nation’s capital before heading down the East Coast.
Anthony C. Ferrante is returning to direct.