Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Bennish, Unions, Joss Whedon's Serenity

It's like playing Six Degrees of Joss Whedon, isn't it?

Richard Myers also passed along a listserv (no link) from TPM regular, Nathan Newman, who writes about union issues.

Newman wrote about why the union is not backing Bennish with resources and support:

...spending scarce funds on the issue, especially in states like Colorado where no teacher has to join the union, would create a massive burden on the small number of dues paying members to shoulder. In Colorado, the rightwing Governor Bill Owens used an executive order to deny unions the ability to collect dues through payroll deductions and they have been scrambling to keep membership up -- they've lost fifty to seventy percent of union membership in the last couple of years.

I was also delighted to find an article by Newman about Joss Whedon -- Union Hero, which has fun insider information about Hollywood film financing:

...Whedon has made a big budget sci-fi film for the comparatively low price of $50 million -- a requirement for him to revive his baby.

How'd he do it? Not by running overseas to some low-wage location but by sticking at home in high-wage unionized Hollywood.


The executive producer of the show, David Lester, gave the example of building the large set of the show, the spaceship Serenity, which was economic precisely because it was done union.


The [L.A. Times] article is fascinating in outlining how a high-wage economy creates an ecology of high skill workers who can flexibly work on multiple projects.

Who would have thought outsourcing is not as economical and positive for the U.S. as Repugs would have us believe?

Really, does this Admin and its supporters do anything that would actually be a benefit for the U.S., either in the short-term or the long-term?

Buy Serenity now, sidebar on the right.

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