Production of a high-profile TV movie was disrupted today in front of the White House. Deadline.com reports that IATSE members walked off the job during the labor action against the syfy sequel “Sharknado 3.”
Dan Mahoney, assistant department director for motion picture & television production for IATSE, said: “Representatives of the IATSE and its local unions will be present whenever and wherever this production attempts to film in and around Washington, D.C.”
The union leader was especially critical of producer Asylum.
“We will not forget how the Asylum treated their employees when they asked for the same union benefits and protections that were provided to the crew on ‘Sharknado 2,’” Mahoney said. “It is employees working for anti-worker companies like the Asylum who need the enforceable working conditions and protections of a union agreement the most.”
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has had her own White House ambitions, reportedly has a role in “Sharknado 3” and was involved in today’s filming in Washington.
The Washington Post reports: “Bachmann, who left the House in January, was playing herself while still in Congress, saying she had to go vote.”