Ok, we may not be talking about the Hollywood side of things, but something that rests within the umbrella of their brand. The MGM Grand (Hotel and Casino) in Las Vegas, in an effort to “save a small bit of cash”, has made the decision to lay off their entire production crew (and then some) and outsource them to a third party “labor company”. This decision affects hundreds of positions, ranging from stagehands, technicians, engineers and more (even the ushers that help find you seats). MGM has been recognized in the past for having one of the “number one in-house production teams in the nation” (specifically mentioned: MGM Grand Garden Arena), mentioned everyone from trade magazines to words pouring from the mouths of their clients themselves.
The new change will be official as of February 12th, 2016 and all employees have been offered the chance to apply for the third party labor company, which sadly is well known for paying around 1/3rd less than what most of them have been used to earning for many, many years. There is nothing like making magic and coming a long ways, just to a take a giant step backwards in the end. My condolences go out to all of the employees of MGM Grand that are affected by all of this. This truly is another dark time for the crushing of educated/successful jobs by large corporations. One more step towards the destruction of the middle class.