IATSE braces for possible strike against film and television industry – Deadline


The IATSE is preparing for a possible strike against the film and television industry, which would be the first industry-wide strike in union history. The union and management AMPTP will return to the bargaining table on Thursday with the aim of reaching an agreement on a new contract for film and television before their current agreement expires on Friday.

A strike, if it does, would still be several weeks away, as IATSE continues to lay the groundwork for a possible walkout, which includes a text-messaging campaign to educate members on the negotiations and the issues.

“Our goal is to reach out to each of our members and make sure they know what’s going on in the negotiations; where to go for more information; and when the time comes, how to make their voices heard by voting, ”the union said in a message to members on Tuesday night. “We don’t know what the vote will be – contract ratification or strike authorization – but we know it’s coming, and we need the local members to speak out in great numbers.”

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This is the first time that the word “strike” appears in one of the union’s communications. It represents more than 150,000 workers in live theater, film and television production, trade shows and exhibitions, television broadcasting and concerts.

The IATSE said on August 31 that the two sides remained “very distant” on key economic issues, which include shorter working days, living wages, sustainable pensions and health benefits and new media tariffs. that reflect the success of streaming companies.

“We need your help!” the union told its members. “If you are ready and able to volunteer for a few hours over the next month to help with outreach by text messaging to educate and inform local members, let us know. … The texting will likely take place in a relatively short window between our next trading session on September 9th and the end of this month. Our power is in our members, and we need to harness that power to get a better deal. “

Founded in 1893, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has 13 Hollywood locals, including Cinematographers Guild Local 600, Art Directors Guild Local 800, and Editors Guild Local 700. It has a total of 366 locals in the States. United and Canada, organized by geographic region. and artisanal courts.

Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.

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