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    Posted May 2, 2008

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HOLLYWOOD TO THE DOCKS MARCH

Three Day HOLLYWOOD TO THE DOCKS MARCH Ends with a Massive Rally - Actors' Equity Joins Thousands of Workers and Community Supporters to Rally for Good Jobs

AEA, Los Angeles County union members, families, friends and supporters marched 28 miles as part of an effort to raise awareness and bring attention to the need for good jobs and benefits and also pending labor contract negotiations.


L-R: Pat Loeb, Joe Garber, Oscar Garcia, Gisela Valenzuela, Alice Smith, Donnalyn Simonoff, Richard Ostlund, Mary Lou Westerfield, Clarinda Ross, Ernie Green

The march kicked off near the La Brea Tar Pits on Tuesday, the same day that Hollywood studios opened negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and ended the day before AEA began contract negotiations on its own Production Contract, which covers Broadway and the Road, which expires on June 29th.

The "Hollywood to the Docks" march culminated with a massive rally attended by some 4,000 plus people who gathered near the port's cruise terminal. The carnival-like atmosphere featured food, fiery speeches, and cheering union workers.

After pounding the pavement for three days, Actors' Equity Business Representatives Oscar Garcia and Gisela Valenzuela and Western Regional Board member Ned Schmidtke were happy to finally reach the Port of Los Angeles and represent AEA in this massive showing of union solidarity.


L-R: Clarinda Ross, Nancy Daly, Cynthia Marty

"As we prepared ourselves to enter the last stretch onto the San Pedro Docks. the overwhelming roar of support erased the aches and pains of the walk and every step was worth feeling that energy" said Gisela on her unforgettable experience of the march.

More than 350,000 workers - including actors, teachers, janitors, dock workers and airport skycaps - belonging to 30 unions spread across Los Angeles County are scheduled to renegotiate their respective contracts this year, along with more than 30,000 other people who are also trying to unionize their jobs as port truck drivers, security officers, hotel workers and car wash employees.

"The fight for good jobs is important no matter where we live," said Maria Elena Durazo, secretary-treasurer for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, an umbrella group for more than 300 local unions.

"Everyone is struggling with the cost of living and housing and they shouldn't," she said. "This is our fight!"





 
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