'Sharknado 3' Producers Accuse Labor Union of Bullying
The IATSE denies the allegations from The Asylum COO Paul Bales.
The producers of Sharknado 3 fired back at the labor union protesting the production.
The Asylum COO Paul Bales issued a statement in which he accused IATSE of intimidating a replacement crew who joined the project after IATSE members walked off the project.
"The replacement crew and the crew who have continued to work have been subject to everything from cyberbullying, threats, objects being thrown at them, verbal and physical intimidation, staged pedestrian accidents, and mysteriously flattened tires," Bales wrote. "Most disturbingly, the majority of the vitriol has been directed at the women on our crew, including the posting of their photographs, phone numbers, and license plate numbers to invite their harassment."
The IATSE responded with a statement of its own, calling the Bales allegations a "collection of lies."
"The Asylum distinguishes themselves as not only misrepresenting the truth but outright lying about the facts," said Vanessa Holtgrewe, Assistant Director of the IATSE Motion Picture Department. "The IATSE stands with the original crew of Sharknado 3 who voted overwhelmingly for union representation. Many of the crew were on the picket lines in Los Angeles day after day, and their Facebook page, Strikenado, is filled with their testimonies, as well as those who have had the displeasure of working for The Asylum before."
Sharknado 3 was filming near the White House Tuesday when the production was met by picketers seeking a union contract with standardized working conditions as well as pension and health benefits. Picketing started last week in Los Angeles on the Syfy/The Asylum TV movie.
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