- The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said its union members would go on strike on Monday if no new contact deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was reached.
- IATSE has been negotiating with producers for months, advocating for better working hours, safer workplace conditions and better benefits.
- An industrywide strike would inevitably stop a Hollywood production in its tracks.
After more than a week of unsuccessful negotiations, the union representing Hollywood workers announced Wednesday that its members would go on strike on Monday if they could not reach an agreement on a new contract.
“The pace of the bargain does not imply any urgency,” Matthew Loeb, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Without an end date, we can continue to talk forever. Our members are now able to meet their basic needs.”
IATSE has been negotiating with producers for months, advocating for better working hours, safer workplace conditions and better benefits. After negotiations stalled over the summer, the membership of the IATSE voted to approve the strike if an agreement could not be reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the major film and television production companies. The union said 90% of eligible voters voted, with over 98% voting in support of the strike authority.
Jared Gonzales, a spokesman for AMPTP, said, “There are five full days left to reach a deal, and the studio will continue to negotiate in good faith in an effort to reach an agreement for a new contract that will work the industry.” Will stay.”
IATSE represents a broad contingent of industry workers, from studio mechanics to wardrobe and makeup artists. In total, it serves on behalf of 150,000 crew members in the US and Canada. About 60,000 of them are covered by current TV and film contracts that are being renegotiated.
Its contract with AMPTP, which took effect in 2018 Expired on 31 July and extended to 10 September. IATSE is calling for a new three-year agreement That would give behind-the-scenes workers higher pay, meal breaks, better contributions to health and pension plans, and a bigger cut in profits from streaming productions.
An industrywide strike would inevitably stop a Hollywood production in its tracks, just as the writers’ strike 14 years ago did. That strike, between 2007 and 2008, prompted many shows to shorten or postpone new seasons and caused cancellations of others.