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Non-union Label

November 09, 1986

Having absolutely no desire to defend Mike Curb, we must nevertheless take issue with the tone of John M. Wilson's item that implied that non-union film making is something less than moral (Outtakes, Oct. 26).

There are many experienced and talented film technicians to whom the unions will not grant entrance. Should these people not be allowed to work and make a living except as "second class" film citizens?

Most of the production in Los Angeles now seems to be non-union due to simple financial realities. In the best of all possible worlds, most non-union crews would probably choose to have the pay, benefits and protections offered by the unions, but they are denied that option.

To add insult to injury, many non-union films are at least partially staffed with union workers who do have the option. The fact that a film is made non-union has absolutely no bearing on its makers' integrity.

JANIS and PETER COLLISTER

Studio City

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