Support Parking Production Assistants and Coordinators Right toUnionize! Thursday, December 14, 2006 4:30 PM to 6:30 PMNBC-Universal, 30 Rockefeller Center(West 50th Street and 6th Avenue, Manhattan) Parking Production Assistants (PAs) and Coordinators work in the film,television and commercial production industries in New York City.There are over 300 workers and their jobs are to clear out and holdparking space at least 12 hours in advance of a location shoot to allowproduction equipment to be trucked in. These workers are working on major productions in New York City,currently including 13 major prime time television and cable seriesprograms, and over a dozen feature films and numerous commercialproduction jobs. One of the largest producers in New York City isNBC-Universal, which produces the "Law and Order" shows and the new hitTV show "30 Rock" as well as other TV shows and movies. The productioncompanies benefit from publicly funded tax breaks; they should repayour community for that benefit by recognizing the rights of theirworkers to unionize. These workers are predominantly people of color – Caribbean,African-American, Latino, and Asian. A super majority have signedunion cards to join the UAW and want a union and a union contract toimprove their standard of living and working conditions such as thoselisted below: 1) Respect - Despite providing an important service to the industry,these workers are treated as an invisible workforce because they areworkers of color. Many have said that they have experienced a longhistory of exclusion. 2) Low pay - Parking PAs get paid an average of $115 to $125 for a12-hour shift. In order for these workers to make a living, they haveto work many shifts. Some work in excess of 100 hours during the week. 3) Limited or no benefits - Workers, except a small handful, do notreceive health insurance. There are no retiree benefits. 4) Raise the Level of Their Profession - PAs and Coordinators want to bebetter ambassadors for the industry through training and certification.They also want to help establish community standards in how productioncompanies approach neighborhoods to improve traffic patterns andparking schemes. 5) Dangerous Working Conditions - Workers are regularly yelled at andsometimes physically harmed by community members upset about theinconveniences created by on-location shooting by production companies. 6) Basic Human Needs - In almost all cases, overnight bathroomfacilities are not provided. 7) Job Security - Like other union members in these industries, theseUAW members want job security by establishing industry standards fortheir services through an enforceable union contract. For more information call Ted Feng at 212-529-2580