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Michael Moore Film Used Non-Union Labor

This tidbit from the New York Post almost slipped by us:

Filmmaker Michael Moore (2nd R) waits to speak at a news conference "to challenge President Obama and the Democrats to stand strong on healthcare reform that includes a public option," in Washington September 29, 2009.

Union teaches Michael Moore a lesson

Michael Moore, champion of the working class, used non-union stagehands to film "Capitalism: A Love Story."

The porcine provocateur is promoting his anti-Wall Street jeremiad by giving free tickets to unions, but the American Federation of Teachers has turned them down because Moore didn’t hire any members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

"Michael Moore and one of our sister unions, IATSE, are in discussions about concerns the union has," the AFT told ABC News. "The AFT has decided against accepting tickets until those issues are resolved."

Moore’s agent, Ari Emanuel, seems to blame the IATSE for treating documentarians as "second-class filmmakers."

"This is a Writers Guild, Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild film, as all Michael’s films are," Emanuel said. "He is a proud, dues-paying member of all three of these unions."

Isn’t this delicious?

One of the reasons companies try to avoid hiring union crews is because their healthcare and pension requirements tack on another 16% to 20% on their cost.

It’s nice to see that Mr. Moore refuses to put his money where his cakehole is.

"This is a Writers Guild, Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild film, as all Michael’s films are," Emanuel said.

Those are all ‘above the line’ unions. You simply cannot get anyone to do those jobs who are not in those unions.

And on a Michael Moore film there will be only one WGA writer (Moore), maybe two DGA members (in addition to Moore) and probably only one SAG actor (Moore).

The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) lists a crew of 26 in job categories that would be covered by the IA or a sister union.

The crew list is conspicuous for its lack of any electric, grip, property, art department or production people, which should push the number much higher.

We wonder if Mr. Moore even hired Teamsters? (His fellow lobbyists for the ‘public option.’)

By the way, for some reason the New York Post neglected to mention that Michael Moore’s agent is none other than Rahm Emanuel’s other brother.

While we are on the subject, here is some more background on Mr. Emanuel from Wikipedia:

Ari Emanuel

… By 1995, Emanuel had established himself as a senior agent at ICM but was abruptly fired that year when he and three other agents were caught stealing files out of the company’s offices in the middle of the night. He went on to co-found Endeavor Talent Agency with "his fellow late night vigilantes".

Emanuel gained widespread media attention in July 2006 when he called on Hollywood to blacklist Mel Gibson because of Gibson’s anti-Semitic remarks during his DUI arrest.

Emanuel wrote, “People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or Gentile, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him, even if it means a sacrifice to their bottom line”.

In 2007, Emanuel publicly backed Chris Albrecht after Albrecht was fired from HBO for a domestic violence arrest, preceded by rumors of three earlier incidents of violence against women…

Ari Emanuel has hosted fundraisers for the Democratic Party.

An April 2002 lawsuit by agent Sandra Epstein against Endeavor Agency brought accusations by Epstein and other Endeavor employees against Emanuel.

In the court filings, Emanuel is alleged to have allowed a friend to operate a pornographic website out of Endeavor’s offices.

According to Epstein, Emanuel made racist and anti-gay remarks and prevented her from sending a script about Navy SEALs to actor Wesley Snipes, saying, "That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Everyone knows that blacks don’t swim".

Emanuel disputed these accusations at the time. Epstein’s claims were settled for $2.25 million.

Those Emanuel lads are a classy bunch.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, October 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Michael Moore Film Used Non-Union Labor”

  1. BillK

    From the New York Post, yet another “Do as I say, not as I do” story from the left:

    Union teaches Michael Moore a lesson

    Michael Moore, champion of the working class, used non-union stagehands to film “Capitalism: A Love Story.” The porcine provocateur is promoting his anti-Wall Street jeremiad by giving free tickets to unions, but the American Federation of Teachers has turned them down because Moore didn’t hire any members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. “Michael Moore and one of our sister unions, IATSE, are in discussions about concerns the union has,” the AFT told ABC News. “The AFT has decided against accepting tickets until those issues are resolved.” …

    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesi.....twpyoUkv5K

    • Rusty Shackleford

      When I think of Michael Moore anymore, I see a moon pie, dropped on the sidewalk with a bicycle tire track in it, melting in the sun. Gotta give him credit though; He’s making millions off of his alleged hatred of capitalism. But of course HIS kind of capitalism is wholesome and good.

  2. beautyofreason

    The liberal bigwigs tend to be very hypocritical. Michael Moore is a socialist, strong advocate of public over private schooling, yet he is rich because of capitalism – and sends his child to a private school. Al Gore is a doomsday proponent of global warming, founded his own company to charge for carbon credits to reduce use – yet he flies in a private jet and uses more power in his homes than ten average American families.

    The controllers do not wish to be controlled themselves. Why limit your lifestyle when you can charge others to do so?

    • electionhangovervictim

      So very true, BOR. We could spend an entire afternoon citing examples of their hyprocricy.

  3. Marc

    Michael Moore is not just a hypocrite, he is a communist hypocrite!

    The so-called voice of the common people and gadfly to corporate America lives in a million dollar apartment in Manhattan and sends his daughter to a private school.

    On top of that he owns mutual funds that owns stock in Halliburton.

  4. GTBurns

    His new film on debuted at #7 wor the weekend box office beated by a family animated film.

  5. proreason

    No shocker here.

    He’s like all of the liberals.

    Liberalism is a business for them. A very lucrative business.

    They’re like shoe salemen selling small shoes to fat women.

  6. The guy is a pig.

    Here is some reporting I had done last year after attending a “film credit workshop” where Teamster Boss Bill Black, along with a cast of commies, and Mr “I don’t have an eating problem, the FOOD has an EATEN problem” hisself… Michael Moore…
    http://michigantaxes.com/wordp.....d-a-bonus/

  7. Confucius

    How many blacks, gays and women did Moore hire?

  8. bousquem

    Moore is the biggest waste of space, food, and air on this planet. All he does is spew out his idiocy and lies, claiming to hate capitalism but doing nothing to follow what he lays out is suppose to be best for everyone else. A real “do as I say, not as I do” kind of guy. I don’t see him sending his kid to the public schools or giving away all his money to the goverment to redistribute as it sees fit. Maybe the death panels will find him too fat to get health care and deny him a bed when he as a heart attack, maybe then he’ll see how great socialized medicine is.

    I’m waiting for the video to come out on home video, watch all the teachers start grabbing it up to show to their students. I had my high school senior english teacher play Bowling for Columbine and tell me that it was not anti-gun and anti 2nd ammendment but supported the 2nd ammendment. Of course what made it worse was we then had to “discuss” the video in class. It was like reading off the favorite moonbat phrase and argument list listening to my idioc classmates state how evil guns were, how no should own guns, and the 2nd ammendment doesn’t allow for people to own guns as that was the army’s job. It was like talking to a screaming moonbat brick wall trying to reason with these people and actually talk about the constitution and when laws were passed which would evicerate the idiots’ arguments but all that was just ignored. All they seemed to be interested in was proclaiming “guns are evil” “bush is evil/liar/devil” “ban all guns”, not listening to facts and making rational arguments. Thankfully at least one person I was friends with went from moderately liberal/slightly moonbat to a real conservative. He disliked guns and such in high school but now is a cop and owns a small arsenal. I also found it funny that a number of the people who wanted to ban guns had parents that made their living working for Smith and Wesson.

  9. Chuckk

    A hypercritical limousine liberal. Unheard of…

  10. GTBurns

    I have a College professor who years ago got into a fight with Moore. I know for a fact there are several Unions including the WGA that personally do not like him at all.

  11. Liberals Demise

    Looks to me that the United Food and Commercial Workers Union has a “BIG” love for fatboy!

    How’s that ticker (heart) doing tubby?

  12. Below is an article which shows who the Democrats support, along with this loon Michael Moore. Hey Fat Boy, take your rearend down to Cuba and get some lipo-suction and then tell us how our healthcare is here int he U.S.

    Doctor’s Letter to the Editor( Jackson , MS ) – Healthcare Issue

    I found confirmation of this article in the Clarion Ledger in Jackson , MS before sending it on. Wish this was an article on the front page of every newspaper in America in large bold letters. I know that there are similar incidents in the ER of all hospitals.

    This was a “letter to the editor” in August 29 Jackson , MS newspaper.

    ________________________________

    Dear Sirs:

    “During my last night’s shift in the ER, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient with a shiny new gold tooth, multiple elaborate tattoos, a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and a new cellular telephone equipped with her favorite R&B tune for a ringtone.
    Glancing over the chart, one could not help noticing her payer status:
    Medicaid.
    She smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and, somehow, still has money to buy beer.
    And our president expects me to pay for this woman’s health care?
    Our nation’s health care crisis is not a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. It is a crisis of culture – a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on vices while refusing to take care of one’s self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. A culture that thinks “I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me.”
    Life is really not that hard. Most of us reap what we sow.

    STARNER JONES, MD
    Jackson , MS


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