They’ve voted to join the Teamsters*, not IATSE**.
While everyone in town is snickering about this, it’s a really good move.
IATSE has repeatedly sold out it’s members to the producers, and the Teamsters haven’t.
I totally understand why they voted the way they did.
In honor of their wise decision, here’s a few Teamster jokes (all told to me by Teamsters, BTW):
Q: How can you tell the Teamster’s kid?
A: He’s the one sitting on the playground, watching the other kids play.
Q: How can you tell when a Teamster’s dead?
A: The doughnut falls out of his mouth.
Q:Why is a horse the symbol of the Teamsters?
A: It’s the only animal that can sleep standing up.
Q: What does it mean when the sleeping Teamster’s drooling out of the side of his mouth?
A: The truck’s not level.
Congrats to the Casting Directors!
* Teamsters are the drivers in the film industry. They drive trucks, vans, stakebeds, forklifts, etc. They work like hell before we get there and they work like hell after we leave, but when we’re there, they don’t do much – hence the jokes.
Teamsters are great guys. If you want to know what’s really happening on the set, ask them. They know all the gossip, and when you’re working on a movie, they’re the first guys you should make friends with.
**IATSE = International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees. The union I belong to.