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Emily Ho, Local 700

I’ve always known that I wanted to work in television production. As a dialogue editor for scripted television, I’m getting to live out my dream. I’m grateful to the union for many reasons, including the health care my family receives and what I feel like are fair wages, particularly because living in California can be so expensive.

Being a woman in the industry can be intimidating. Before joining the union, I had always struggled negotiating for myself. In the back of my mind, I had always wondered if my male coworkers were getting a better deal then me. Being in the union now, I feel confident that I’m paid what I’m worth and that I’m as valued as my male colleagues. All I have to do is go on the Motion Picture Editors Guild Local 700’s website to see our contract. It gives me peace of mind.

Unions have faced a lot of opposition in the last couple of decades. In 2011, I was glued to my television set during the protests against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and his "budget repair bill.” I was especially incensed that the unions targeted were the teachers and nurses unions, while the firefighter and police unions were left alone. It was such an obvious attack on working women that I knew I had to get involved somehow. I donate to the IATSE-PAC to support other working Americans who do not have the means to pay for political outreach.

If you are like me, working full time with small children at home, getting involved in a cause you believe in can seem daunting. I remember seeing fellow union members from California on the news during those Wisconsin protests and being jealous that they had the time and resources to actually be there. But finding a small way to participate like I do by donating to the IATSE-PAC can be very empowering.  

For me, activism means engagement in ensuring the success of our union. This means staying educated about issues that affect the lives of American workers and understanding and advocating for the proposals made by our union leadership.