The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) will be on strike on Monday until it strikes an agreement with the film and television producers, union announced Wednesday, that could shut down most film and television productions nationwide as 60,000 crew members and behind-the-scenes workers will be out of work.
IATSE president Matthew Loeb said the union would continue to negotiate with the Coalition of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), but “the pace of the bargain does not imply any urgency.”
Eligible union members authorized a strike last week, with 98% voting in favor of the walkout.
Loeb said the union is still seeking deals with producers on “key issues,” such as periods of rest, fair wages for lower-level workers and meal breaks.
“Without an end date, we can talk forever,” Loeb said in a statement on Wednesday. “Our members now deserve to have their basic needs met.”
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