Three Philadelphia unions protested Monday outside Fox 29's Philadelphia studio near 4th and Market streets as part of a nationwide protest against the Fox Broadcasting Corporation, which they claim employs "shameful" treatment of its unionized camera technicians.
"The Fox Broadcasting Corporation is abusing its unionized workforce – the men and women behind the cameras and in the control rooms who make the whole enterprise work," International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 assistant business manager Jim Foy said in a statement.
Local 98 – and its now-infamous rat mobile – joined the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 8 and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians – Communications Workers of America to call attention to several Fox affiliates, whose unionized personnel have been working without a contract as negotiations drag on.
Fox 29 camera personnel in Philadelphia have been working for several months without a new contract.
"Today is a national display of protest against FOX and a showing of IBEW union solidarity," Foy said.
"The Fox Broadcasting empire is one of the richest corporations in the world and yet they refuse to fairly compensate the workers whose skills continue to add to the company's robust bottom line."
Similar protests were staged Monday at Fox television stations in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Washington and Los Angeles.