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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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elmendoa elmendoa 9 years
it's really sad. so many people have been laid off because of this. i think the VIEWERS should go on strike!
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Music industry sales, or the the lack of them, are also leading to layoffs. A friend who has 10 years in the music industry and is very successful in her field, has to find a new job due to downsizing in her dept. The problem is, her duties do not translate to other professions, so she is now is working towards a BA and hoping experience and the degree bring her in somewhere above entry level.
sorano916 sorano916 9 years
Lots of ripples that's for sure. I mean, the late night talk shows were forced to go back on the air just so that their crews would be paid again. However, looking at the bigger picture, the entire LA (and to some extent, New York) area is going downhill. Many people are getting unemployed from assistants at talent agencies to busboys at the corner restaurant. If the AMPTP would just get the heads out of their butts and take back to the table, then maybe all of these lives won't be totally irreversible.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
If the AMPTP would simply return to the table and agree to pay writers a few cents for online viewing all this would be over! The AMPTP refuses to share! Boo...hiss! ^^
liannecamille liannecamille 9 years
The strike really needs to be resolved soon... This sucks.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Yes I can see how it has a tremendous effect. Restaurants that cater to actors and/or writers are probably suffering. And that affects everyone who works there, from the head chef who might make millions to the busboy/waiter. Many of those people have families and are just middle-class people. Also, it might cause serious damage with regards to the pilot season. People will not be coming with their kids who want to be big stars and therefore not buying groceries, clothes, misc. in the area; unless the writers strike is solved. It would also affect the tourism and housing industry if the strike continues.
emalove emalove 9 years
It IS terrible...I hope that both sides can renegotiate and end this tihng!
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
I never realized how many lesser-known businesses were being affected by the strike.
azucar_ame azucar_ame 9 years
This is SO SAD! I have been learning about many of these businesses that are affected from news stories... I just never EVER realized how many other people make up the hollywood bubble. Hope this can all be resolved for ALL the parties involved!! !azúcar! Ame
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