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The White Rats

Opposition to the heavy handedness of Browne and Bioff led to the creation of the White Rats, a group of militant IA studio workers.  The White Rats demanded a return of autonomy for Local 37, sending a resolution to the American Federation of Labor Executive Board calling for an end to the more devious practices of Browne and Bioff.

The White Rats wanted major internal reform of the IATSE.  The pressure the White Rats put on Browne and Bioff was considerable.  But for some IA members, the White Rats’ militancy was as alarming as Browne’s unaccountability.