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Out of Business in Tinseltown

A lot of hard work goes in to putting together the wardrobes for each character on TV, so of course they're not just going to use the cleaners on the corner. Have you ever wondered who does all of that laundry?

Companies like TVC Television and Cinema Wardrobe Cleaners have been laundering as-seen-on-TV clothes for 18 years, but they've lost 70 percent since the writers' strike started. The strike's ripple has expanded throughout Southern California, affecting prop companies like History for Hire and less correlated jobs like chefs and trainers.

The effect has become so widespread that the "Strike a Deal" march was organized by employees of the industry that aren't actually on strike. The point of the march was to plead with both sides to re-negotiate. The more people that are out of jobs, the less money they have to spend as consumers; do you see how the ripples become bigger and bigger?


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