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A union representing 60,000 TV and film crew production and behind-the-scenes workers voted almost unanimously this weekend to authorize a national strike over inadequate working conditions, potentially One of the biggest closures in Hollywood history.

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About 98% of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) voters voted Union president Matthew Loeb called for a strike, with more than 90% of the union’s members voting.

The group says they are asking to be paid a “living wage”, receive larger contributions to pensions and health insurance, “meal breaks, enough sleep and time for weekends” and discounted labor rates from streaming services. and the end of the residuals.

Last week, Loeb reported Los Angeles Times IATSE hopes to reach an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), as long as their conditions are met.

The IATSE contract expired on 31 July and was extended till 10 September.

If the IATSE goes on strike, it will be the first time that crew members in Hollywood have stopped work since World War II.

in a statement to BusinesshalaDespite the vote, AMPTP said they are “committed to reaching an agreement that will keep the industry working.”

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“The ball is in their court. If they want to avoid the strike, they will return to the bargaining table and give us a fair offer,” Loeb said.

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AMPTP. Studios represented by the conglomerate, including Warner Bros., Netflix, Disney and Amazon Prime, said they had “heard and addressed” the union’s demands, such as raising some pay by 18% and allowing break time and Martin Luther King Jr. Add. As a celebrated holiday, according to NS Hollywood Reporter. He also offered to pay $400 million in pension and healthcare losses, which the union declined. Funds are usually financed through residuals, which have shrunk significantly due to streaming. And despite more members working in record numbers, the fund’s finances are slipping closer to “critical” status, time limit reports. As per outlet, AMPTP as proposed Doubling the amount of work hours required for employees to qualify for pension access.

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IATSE has never gone on strike in its 128 year history. As contract negotiations come to a head, workers have taken to social media to show why it’s necessary. Shoot days can last anywhere from 12 to 18 hours in a row and there are no breaks in between. Coronavirus restrictions have made this problem especially prevalent, as there may not be as many people on the set at the same time as before, meaning fewer people have to work more. Due to the streaming boom, there are more productions than ever before, however, according to the group, crew salaries have not reflected this new demand. In IATSE’s previous contract, streaming services were considered “new media” and were awarded a discounted rate of service for their fledgling status – recalls a lighting technician. Businesshala That Netflix paid them $10 an hour less than CBS because of this. But IATSE members say this is unfair, given how much demand the streaming industry has created for the production and how they dominate mainstream media. They aren’t the only group feeling the heat: The International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 recently urged members of their union to vote to authorize the strike. Stars such as Seth Rogen, Jane Fonda and Ben Stiller have expressed their support for IATSE. Work in Hollywood was most recently halted by a strike in 2007 when the Writers Guild protested for more than 100 days.

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(LA Times)