A rally for casting directors over unionization. (Photo: Courtesy of Teamsters Joint Council 16)
The battle that Broadway casting directors are fighting over unionization already took place a decade ago in Hollywood. Casting directors in Hollywood received health and pension benefits and union recognition in 2006 after a multiyear campaign involving pushback from producers, support from high-profile actors and the possibility of a strike. While their story closely aligns with that of Broadway casting directors, President Trump and the politicized issue of employee classification is now diverting them from that path. Casting directors in Hollywood first approached Teamsters Local 399, a Los Angeles-based union that includes studio drivers and location managers, around 2002. The…

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