• A Familiar Face Takes the Oscar Stage with Common and Andra Day

    By Evan Henerson

    The just-concluded Oscars ceremony had its share of powerful moments, as well as more than a few boring ones. A pretty cool sequence came courtesy of the performance “Stand up for Something” from the film “Marshall” which was performed by Common and Andra Day and featured a stage packed with 10 activists, each of whom had been personally contacted by Common or Day and invited to appear.

    According to "Variety," the two artists “came up with the idea to use spotlights on stage as a visual element and to literally highlight those on the ground doing the daily work of changing the world.”

    Among those 10 was a familiar face to the world of labor: none other than United Farm Workers of America co-founder Dolores Huerta.

  • Labor 411 Oscars Special - Make it a Union Movie Night

    By Oren Peleg

    The time has come for Labor 411’s 6th Annual Oscars Special, celebrating another awards season in an industry that is top-to-bottom unionized. Following last year’s trend, we’ve put together another list of union-made consumer products and paired each with its most fitting Best Picture nominee. Enjoy!

  • Grab Your Union-Made Popcorn, It’s Oscars Night

    By Michael Messina

    Yes, the Oscars are union, very union; from the actors to the below-the-line crew to the people putting on the actual show. Hollywood is a union town through and through. And if you’re watching the festivities at home, we want you to be stocked with the goods that will provide that good old fashioned theater experience. We’ve put together a guide to union-made popcorn, candy and soft drinks – goodies that support companies that treat their workers well.

  • 5th Annual Oscars Special

    By Michael Messina

    The 5th Annual Labor 411 Oscars Special is here, celebrating another year of awards that revolve around an industry that is highly unionized. Even the show itself is put together and run with union hands. In their honor we’ve put together another fun list of union-made products inspired by this year’s batch of Best Picture nominees.

  • The Oscars as Brought to You by...Unions, of Course!

    By Evan Henerson

    Where would the Oscars be without unions? Positively nowhere.

  • Oscars are So Union: Louis B. Mayer’s Middle-Class-Friendly Nightmare

    Labor 411 Founder and Publisher Cherri Senders weighs in onCityWatch on the Oscars controversy, but says there's one historic element people aren't talking about, and how it's still alive and well today.

    By Cherri Senders

    OSCAR POLITICS--If Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s legendary co-founder Louis B. Mayer (Photo above, with actress Helen Hayes) were alive today, he would likely applaud the boycott of the Oscars, but not necessarily in protest of the lack of racial diversity at Hollywood’s preeminent awards ceremony. It would be to rail against the presence of all the card-carrying members of the Teamsters, the Screen Actors Guild and numerous other unions of the film industry’s highly organized workforce.

  • A Union Guide to the Alternative Oscars

    By Ross Lenihan

    In response to the #OscarsSoWhite movement, Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records, decided to throw an impromptu alternative ceremony. Held on Wednesday, the 2016 All Def Movie Awards were hosted by Tony Rock, brother to Chris Rock, the Oscar’s host. The honorees and award winners - who were given golden statues called “The Goldie,” inspired by the 1973 film “The Mack” – were a heavily union crowd.

  • How Union are the Oscars?

    By Ross Lenihan

    As the stars prepare to shine on the red carpet, let’s also honor the hard-working labor women and men that make the movie industry run. Hollywood is the 3rd largest industry in all of Los Angeles County, touching nearly every major film release you’ll come across. Unions will be responsible for running the Academy Awards as well as the network it airs on.

  • #OscarsSoWhite: How Should Hollywood’s Unions Respond?

    By Ross Lenihan

    Perhaps the biggest issue surrounding the 2016 Academy Awards can be summarized in one hashtag: #OscarsSoWhite. Considering how union Hollywood is, a logical question becomes, “What can Hollywood unions do to promote more diversity, both racially and with respect to gender?”