How do I contact someone regarding general information?
What if I am Media and would like a Press Release or to ask questions?
What if I have an emergency after office hours, how do I reach someone?
When is the next officer election or how do I apply for a vacant officer seat?
What does the membership go towards?
What other things are you looking to do for Union Members?
What do I do if I want the Club I work at be a Union club?
Are Union dues a tax write off?
What if I want to contribute to the Union, to help with the cause?
How much do the officers of the I.E.A.U. and the chapters make?
At this time all work of the I.E.A.U. and its chapter officers are done on a volunteer basis. No one at the moment, is paid for the work in which they do. We hope that one day this will change, so that all officers can commit full time into running the I.E.A.U.
“How is this union different from those tried before?”
Most of us, if we have been involved in the industry for any length of time, have had the discussion regarding a union at one time or another. And most of us have been asked to join someone else’s. But has anyone ever asked you to join one of your OWN?
Well, you are being asked now. Join the I.E.A.U. Together we are Stronger.
“Why will this union work when others have failed?”
We understand that we represent a unique industry, and that to gain the strength of the thousands of people involved in the adult industry, our union needs to be as unique as we are. We’re looking forward to hearing fresh ideas and solutions to long-time issues.
There are 19 other countries with adult industry unions. Yes, 19.
“How will you get everyone to come together; how does one herd cats?”
Well, technically that’s two questions, but that’s OK. The truth is that there are very few, if any, opportunities for adult workers to voice their opinions. We understand that the input of each and every one of you, as well as the will to act on it, are vital to our success. We already get together numerous times throughout the year, there are conventions happening every other month, for instance. We intend to leverage that to our advantage.
How will you make our voices count?”
Every industry in the world has a union, from elevator operators, to maids, to taxi drivers. The I.E.A.U. was specifically created to run on a voting system, and so you count now more than ever before. Your opinion, your vote, your voice: they matter!
“Haven’t you heard about APAC? Aren’t they trying to do the same thing?”
We support and applaud APAC for their contributions to the industry. It’s not a competition.
“How could you possibly collect royalties?”
That is what they asked when actors stood up to the mainstream movie producers. It is what record companies said when music artists stood up to protect their intellectual property. We will release more details as they become available. The fact is that while many people insisted that a union would never work, well… here we are.
“Who owns the union?”
No one owns a Union. A union is run by the workers in the industry for which that union has been created.
NO ONE OWNS A UNION.
“What employment status do I need in order to become a member?”
The International Entertainment Adult Union shall be composed of all adult industry workers, either employed, self-employed or multi-employed.
“Are you going to try to set standard wages in the industry?”
We are going to change our employee status to employees first, and go from there.
“What will the I.E.A.U. do about industry health concerns?”
We’re going to offer low-cost health plans. The average cost of talent testing per month per performer is about $300. The cost of our health insurance plans may start as low as $30 (exact cost TBA) with minimal co-pays, and will cover more than just testing.
“Will I lose work if I join?”
It is a federal law that companies and/or employers cannot threaten you with loss of work because you are involved with a Union.
Even if you know nothing about Union laws. You should know that.
“Without a collective bargaining contract, how will the union have legal effect?”
We will start by facilitating solidarity. Together, we can fix what’s broken to make this a sustainable industry for everyone. We intend to lead by example.
“Do you think models will really walk off set when the rent is due?”
Unless we vote for a collective agreement, models are perfectly within their rights to continue a shoot if they feel uncomfortable. What we’d like to do is help them avoid that situation in the first place by providing career assistance and directing them to vetted directors and producers who have no history of exploitation.
“As a producer, will I have to have my performers join a union to work for me?”
Again, without a collective agreement, you will not. But by providing services to industry professionals in need, we create a happier talent pool. You will want to hire our members.
“Do you think that you speak for me?”
No. Now you can speak for yourself and have someone there to listen.
“I remember a model in the UK doing the same thing years ago. No one was interested.”
Actually, that union is still operating and growing, we are joining with them in order to become even stronger on a global scale.
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