Strike dodged with deal between film and TV crews, studios

By Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press October 16, 2021.

Matthew Loeb, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Employees (IATSE), poses for a portrait at the IATSE offices in Burbank, Calif. On Friday, October 15, 2021. The union announced that its 60,000 members would start a national strike on Monday. if he does not reach an agreement that meets the requirements for just and safe working conditions. (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – An 11th hour deal was reached on Saturday, averting a strike by film and television crews that has seen some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers quit their jobs and froze productions in Hollywood and across the states -United

After days of marathon negotiations, representatives of the International Alliance of Theater Workers and the studios and entertainment companies that employ them reached a three-year contract deal ahead of a strike deadline on Monday, avoiding a serious setback for an industry which had just recovered. work after long pandemic shutdowns.

Jarryd Gonzales, spokesperson for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios and other entertainment companies in negotiations, confirmed the deal to The Associated Press.

Union members have yet to vote to approve the tentative agreement.

The effects of the strike were reportedly immediate, with crews not only on long-term productions, but also daily series, including network talk shows, leaving their jobs.

The union represents filmmakers, cameramen, scenographers, carpenters, hairdressers and makeup artists and many others.

Union members said previous contracts allowed their employers to force them to work excessive hours and deny them reasonable rest through meal breaks and enough free time between shifts. Executives said the lowest-paid trades were receiving unliveable wages, and streaming outlets including Netflix, Apple and Amazon were allowed to work them even harder for less money.

Details of the new contracts were not immediately revealed.

The union reported on October 4 that its members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, sparking fears across the industry, but negotiations immediately resumed between IATSE and AMPTP.

A Monday strike deadline was set on Wednesday when talks stalled, but the union said subsequent negotiations had been productive.

It would have been the first national strike in the 128-year history of the IATSE and would have affected not only the Los Angeles and New York area, but also growing production centers like Georgia, New Mexico and the United States. Colorado.

During the negotiations, many big names in entertainment came out in support of the union’s demands, including Octavia Spencer, Mindy Kaling and Jane Fonda. The Directors Guild of America also released a declaration of solidarity, signed by Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Barry Jenkins, Ron Howard and Ava DuVernay.


AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this Pittsburgh story.


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