A move that is likely to raise tensions across the film and TV industry, with a huge majority of members of the International Theater staff voting in favor of a nationwide strike that could shut down all production.
Diversity Reports that 90% of the more than 1.5 million workers in the trade union took part in the vote, and ATATS members voted to give President Matthew de Loeb the power to go on strike.
“Members have spoken out loud and clear,” Loeb said in a statement. “This vote is about the quality of life as well as the health and safety of those who work in the film and television industries. Our people have basic human needs such as meal breaks, adequate sleep and weekends. For those who are below the pay scale, they are not entitled to anything less than a living wage.
The IATSE vote does not mean that a strike is taking place immediately, but rather the organization Too Down for the strike. It comes after lengthy discussions with the Motion Picture and Television Producers Alliance. IATSE and AMPTP begin trying to hash a new labor agreement in May and beyond The July 31 deadline came and went (With multiple extensions), it was clear that a new contract was not close to settlement.
IATSE, which consists of 6 local unions across the United States and Canada, is campaigning for Increase in the minimum wage of workers In addition to giving workers more downtime between the end of a production day and the beginning of another. Much of what IATSE is pushing for is a direct response to the change in production as a result of the various financial decisions made by the studios. This current The age of abundance More products when it comes to prestige streaming and cable series and movies Studios are pushing projects On their respective streaming platforms. While streaming platforms may offer more project living space, classifying those projects as “new media” in the old IATSE agreement means that people working on them are already paying significant salaries in crowded places.
If Loeb decides to continue the strike, the 1,000,000 members of the IATSE will be able to strike immediately, but Loeb insists the organization will do things instead of shutting things down during the epidemic.
“I hope the studios will see and understand the resolve of our members,” Loeb said. “Tell them in court. If they want to avoid a strike, they will come back to the negotiating table and give us a reasonable offer.
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