7:00am PT by Jonathan Handel
Deluxe Unit at Sony Voting in Union Drive
Seven months after Sony sold its Colorworks 4K post house to Deluxe Entertainment, workers at the unit, still based on the lot, are set to vote on Wednesday on whether to unionize with IATSE’s Local 700, the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
The bargaining unit consists of about 30 postproduction artists and technicians. According to the union, many of them are former Colorworks staff who took a cut in pay and benefits when Sony transferred control of the formerly unionized facility to Deluxe earlier this year. The union says Deluxe management has “actively campaigned to discourage employees from unionizing,” by requiring employees to attend mandatory anti-union meetings, distributing anti-union campaign materials via company email, and having managers pull employees aside for one-on-one conversations to urge them to vote no.
Representatives of Deluxe did not immediately respond to a late-night request for comment.
Ballots will be tallied by the National Labor Relations Board immediately after the polls close at 5:30 Wednesday evening.
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