|We have been fighting the outsourcing of our jobs
through runaway productions for decades. Now that the general
public is aware of and sensitized to the problem of outsourcing
we have a unique opportunity to marshal them to support the
American film industry.
We can reach out to all those people in the Carolina's who
were denied the economic benefits of the 90 million dollar
production of "Cold Mountain" because it was
outsourced into Romania's economy. We can reach out to every
American who is concerned about outsourcing. We need to find
ways to help them distinguish American made movies from
"outsourced" movies. One tool is the "Made
in USA" Standard. Here's an example
of advertising that violates the spirit if not the letter of
This has to be a grass roots effort because -
The International's official position is: (from a letter Pres.
Short sent the US Dept. of Commerce in opposition to the
Countervailing Duty Petition on Imports of Films.)
of our union are not being harmed by the imports (economic runaway productions) targeted by
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While still Calling for Boycotting individual
films let's put the industry on notice that we will support US
film workers by looking for the "Made in USA" mark.
What Can I do?
One thing you can do is use a signature file for
your email with the Made in USA message. Every message you send
will remind people of the runaway production problem.
You can use this one if you would like. (Click
Here and save file to a local drive on your machine)
Or This One (best for email sent as
text) - If you make your own and want to share it, email
Email The Motion
Picture Association of America - tell them you are going to
look for the "Made in USA" mark when purchasing their
members entertainment products. Here
is a sample email
Contact your US
Senator and US
Representative ask them to sponsor/support a bill to add
film/tv/dvds etc to the products covered by the "Made
in USA" Standard.
A Letter to
Universal/Miramax Asking Them to Shoot "Cinderella
Man" in the US - Congresswoman Diane
Letter to Jack Valenti and the MPAA
signed by 28 Members of
A letter from
Local 600 National E-Board to Rep Watson criticizing Her
Letter asking that "Cinderella Man" be shot in the US
and asking that she support more corporate welfare instead.
sweeps Local 600's election - All of the Coalition For A
Democratic Union candidates were elected to the positions they