R.S. Owens & Co. President Responds to Union Accusations
"We're the only unionized awards company left in the United States, and we feel it's unfortunate that union management has never lifted a finger to help us as one entertainment award after another has moved to China," he said.
The teamsters' press release coincided with production of the Oscar statuettes, during a week when a Hollywood film crew was at the R.S. Owens & Co. factory to shoot footage for the ceremony. Although a union representative hinted at the possibility of a strike to Huffington Post, Siegel said there would be no delays in production, neither for the Academy Awards nor for distributors.
"I'm happy to say that one of the things that we've been working diligently on for the past year was building inventory. We are well stocked," he said. "I don't expect any work stoppage."
Siegel said there was progress in two meetings with union representatives last week, and that both parties agreed to federal mediation to settle the dispute. Mediation began on Friday.
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