Union-busting sole goal of transnational entertainment tyrants Sony and Viacom
B.C. projectionists hit with employers' escalated demands for 90 per cent cost cuts Members of the B.C. Projectionists' Union continue to fight the good fight against corporate tyranny in the face of escalated demands by employers Cineplex Odeon/Sony and Famous Players/Viacom for cost cuts up to 90 per cent. That's right—90 per cent, increased from their initial position of a 60 per cent rollback. The projectionists had tabled proposals that would have achieved the 60 per cent reductions but the transnationals rejected the offer, and upped the ante to 90 per cent. B.C. Projectionists' Union president Damon Faulkner said that this outrageous move completely unmasks the corporations' real motive—break the union. "Once we found their savings, Sony and Viacom moved the goalposts,î" Faulkner said. "It's clear this dispute is not about money. It's about union-busting—and every member of every union should be concerned about that." In October, Industrial Inquiry Commissioner Stephen Kelleher tabled a report with recommendations to end the contentious dispute including a recommendation for binding arbitration. The union accepted the recommendation but the employers flatly rejected it. "The unionís task now is to convince the provincial government to impose binding arbitration," said Faulkner. "The employers know their position is extremely unreasonable and are afraid to defend it during an arbitration." Sony, the parent company of Cineplex Odeon, earned $51.2 billion U.S. in the year ending March 1998, and Viacom, the owner of Famous Players, earned $13.2 billion U.S. in 1997. Theatres make their money on popcorn, candy, food and soft drinks—where profit margins are huge—not on ticket sales. Check out the projectionists' web site for more information at www.bcprojectionists.com.