CALABASAS (CBS) — Roughly one hundred workers for the NBC-TV show “The Biggest Loser” were on strike Monday in an effort block non-union employees from going to work, union officials said.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks Reports From Calabasas

Stage workers belonging to IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, have gone on strike against three production companies that tape the NBC series at a ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains.

All of the show’s production workers have voted for union representation, but the three companies have reportedly replaced them with non-union workers, despite the fact that the three production companies have already signed contracts with the Directors Guild of America and AFTRA, according to IATSE officials.

“This is a top-rated prime-time television show, and the crew remains unified,” said IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb last week, when the strike was announced.

In a statement released Sunday, IATSE said it will “vigorously encourage these workers not to cross its 100-plus member picket line on Monday morning.”

Spokespersons for the production companies, Reveille Productions, 25/7 Productions and 3 Ball Productions, could not be reached Sunday.

The workers were picketing on Mullholland Highway just east of Las Virgenes Road.

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Comments (7)
  1. Duh! says:

    It is so nice of these union workers to give up their jobs, especially in this economy, to let people that are unemployed have a chance to bring home a paycheck.

    1. TT says:

      Supply and Demand ! someone will replace you !

  2. Margoleen G. says:

    Does the word SHARE mean anything to Union Members?
    “Share & Share Alike.” Everyone deserves an opportunity
    to earn a paycheck to survive. This is one of the reasons
    so many Film companies are migrating Eastward, to avoid the
    threats, and bullying of the Teamsters & Union people.

  3. bigjim says:

    Before all the trained Repulican parrots speak out against unions look at the facts the PRODUCTION companies signed UNION deals so they would receive residuals on thier products and be paid the prevailing UNION wage/amou8nt for thier shows and then do not want the WORKERS to get the same benifits.
    It is called HYPOCRACY and as for the economy, if the REpublicans had not relaxed the rules on banks and stock brokers, plus seek trade agreements to send US jobs overseas under the Bush fiasco we would not be on the brink of a depression

    1. Jeff says:

      Do your homework. It was Clinton not Bush. Clinton and the Republican controlled Congress that caused this. NOT Bush!

    2. Brandon says:

      I can’t stand Bush, but it is a mistake to assume that disapproval of the strike or the aggressive practice of some unions is strictly a Republican perspective.

  4. ginney25 says:

    This is the problem with unions today, they will work to force you to be a member,force companies to only employee their members OR attempt to bring free enterprise to a stand still. Talk about strong armed tactics. My father was a founding member of ITASE in the early days and it is nothing like it was then. Then there was CHOICE. Just like other unions, and times have changed, they need to goback to what they were originally established for, and it wasn’t to tell companies how to do their business, it was to protect the safety and working conditions of the workers. Not so today!

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