Hollywood crew union narrowly ratifies new contract with industry producers

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  • Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have ratified two contracts with Hollywood studios that address the union’s call for better working hours, safer workplace conditions and better benefits.
  • Of the 641 delegates from all 36 locals who voted for the basic and area standards agreements, about 56% voted in favor of the deal, while 44% voted “no”.
  • About 72% of the total membership of the union, which is more than 63,000 strong, cast ballots. The popular vote was even closer than representative voting, with 50.3% voting yes for ratification and 49.7% voting against.

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Members of a union representing film and television workers have ratified two contracts with Hollywood studios that address the union’s call for better working hours, safer workplace conditions and better benefits.

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On Monday, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said 56% of the 641 delegates from all 36 locals who voted for the basic and area standards agreements were in favor of the deal, while 44% voted “no”. .

“From start to finish, from preparation to ratification, it has been a democratic process to win the best contracts,” said Matthew Loeb, International President of IATSE. Vigorous debate, high turnout and close elections indicate that we have an unprecedented movement-building opportunity to educate members on the collective bargaining process and drive long-term participation in our union.

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The IATSE uses an electoral college style system where representatives are assigned to local people based on the size of their membership. Members vote within their local union and their vote is assigned to the result of a majority.

About 72% of the total membership of the union, which is more than 63,000 strong, cast ballots. The popular vote was even closer than representative voting, with 50.3% voting yes for ratification and 49.7% voting against.

“Our goal was to achieve fair contracts working for IATSE members in television and film—ones that address quality of life issues and situations such as on-the-job rest and meal breaks,” Loeb said. “We met our objectives for this round of bargaining and created a strong foundation for future agreements.”

The new three-year contracts include a 10-hour turnaround between shifts, 54 hours of weekend rest, increased health and pension plan funding, and a 3% rate increase every year for the duration of the contract.

There are also harsh financial penalties if these break periods are violated.

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