“Transparent” has come under fire for not giving musicians who work on the show the same benefits the rest of the cast and crew receive.
According to the L.A. Times, The American Federation of Musicians’ Local 47 says “Transparent” isn’t as inclusive as it appears to be. While actors, writers, directors and crew members receive union wages and benefits, musicians are excluded from the contract.
“Musicians are the only workers being treated differently, and we don’t think that’s right,” Local 47 President John Acosta said in a release. “We aren’t asking for huge wage increases, or extravagant bonuses. All we want is to be offered a fair contract in line with the industry standard.”
LGBT labor group Pride at Work thinks “Transparent” shutting out musician benefits is contradictory to what the show promotes.
“It is unfortunate that a show that portrays the transgender community in such a welcoming and positive light would simultaneously treat a portion of its professional staff so unfairly,” Pride at Work Executive Director Jerame Davis, told the L.A. Times.
The American Federation of Musicians does have a labor contract with “Mozart in the Jungle,” another Amazon Prime show.