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    Alyssa Milano, Rosie O’Donnell, Jeffrey Wright & More Support IATSE Strike Authorization: “Enough Is Enough”

    This morning it was announced that IATSE members had voted By a huge margin – 98% – to authorize their leadership to take a nationwide call strike Against film and TV productions. The response online was swift and almost unanimous vote of support.

    Alyssa Milano posted, “I support the members of IATSE” [sic] in their demands for more humane working conditions.

    “The vote passed with 98% support and 90% turnout. Tells you everything,” observed Jeffrey Wright.

    Rosie O’Donnell praised crew members for their dedication and offered their support: “To come first – To go last – I support good faith talks – I support #IATSE”

    SAG Treasurer Jolie Fischer posted the story to Deadline without comment. Francis Fisher of Subscription wrote, “Congratulations!”

    The Animation Guild, which had previously expressed support for IATSE, posted the following: “Congratulations to our #IATSE kin on this powerful show of #IAsolidarity! We stand together and support their efforts for #Fairdeal !”

    Actor Anthony Rapp said: “This vote is a powerful message that enough is enough.”

    Oscar winner Octavia Spencer said, “I hope #AMPTP Works perfect and then sits down. They are not asking for anything unreasonable.”

    US Representative Jimmy Gomez, who represents the Downtown LA area in Congress, wrote: “As a former union organizer who stood on the picket line with @IATSE activists in previous attacks, I clearly and wholeheartedly I stand with #IATSE.

    Clinton’s former Labor Secretary Robert Reich put the vote in historical perspective. “This is the largest private sector strike in the US in 10+ years, and the first in the industry’s 128-year history,” wrote Reich, before calling it “a landmark moment for the labor movement.”

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