The longer you make it about "union" the more you miss the point. Anyone can accept or reject a job offer, so if you don't like the conditions of employment, don't take the job. As for location work, for the most part, companies like Tech and Deluxe often send personnel from home base when the production is in a location that isn't a real production center because quite frankly, things like "qualified dailies colorists" simply don't exist in places like Dallas, Charleston, Bogota, and Bulgaria. So the only way to satisfy the studio's need for an operator with a significant resume (and yes, on studio shows, we and others often need to submit resumes and get studio approval for dailies colorists) is to send one from L.A., or New York, or another major production center, so that they already know how to operate the specific system being used, know how to deal with both production and studio personnel, and more importantly, can handle the many tasks required without on site training. Those that are good are kept going, regardless of where the particular production is shooting, because it's in both the post company and the studio's best interests to know that things will be handled properly, as there's a lot of money on the line. We, and other companies, do have people in the major production cities (Atlanta and New Orleans come to mind) who are locals that have been trained over the course of a number of shows, usually starting off as an assistant with one of the "regulars" from L.A., and moved up to be a lead operator over time - just as it has been done in the facilities themselves for many years. And even in those situations, a number of those who are now "locals" spent time working in Los Angeles prior to moving to their current home city. Being a union member is an individual choice based on the type of work you want to do. If you want to work on studio productions in a production capacity, you need to be a union member because effectively all of those shows are union signatories. Deluxe, Technicolor, Bling, Sixteen 19, and a number of other post/dailies providers are not. The union is not "universal" throughout the industry and you should not be expecting them to protect you or provide benefits unless you choose to work for a signatory company because that's the way it works. Another part of the way it works is that for the most part, when significant sized production shoot in places like Dallas or Austin (or Atlanta or New Orleans, for that matter) they're doing it in large part because your state government is giving them money to do so. There is no intent on building any permanent infrastructure, and therefore no intent on building up a permanent employment base. Those are the conditions of the modern incentive driven world of production. So if you want more permanence in your employment, you need to understand the temporary nature of production in places other than Los Angeles, New York, London, Atlanta, Toronto, and Vancouver. If you're anywhere outside of those production centers, you're there by choice and you should understand the conditions involved. And union representation has nothing to do with any of what you're complaining about.