IATSE strike: Members of TV and film workers union authorize strike

The International Alliance of Theatrical Phase Worker union president Matthew Loeb revealed the outcomes on Monday.

“The members have spoken loud and clear,” stated Loeb. “This vote is about the quality of life as well as the health and safety of those who work in the film and television industry. Our people have basic human needs like time for meal breaks, adequate sleep, and a weekend. For those at the bottom of the pay scale, they deserve nothing less than a living wage.”

The union stated the outcomes were made “by a nearly unanimous margin,” with almost 90% citizen turnout. This is the very first time in IATSE’s 128-year history that members of the union have actually licensed an across the country strike, according to IATSE.

The union had actually remained in settlements with the group representing manufacturers, the Alliance of Movie Tv Producers (AMPTP), making a case for greater pay, enhancements to on-set conditions (consisting of longer rest and meal breaks) and bigger contributions to health and pension advantages. Those talks were stopped recently after the groups might not pertain to a contract.

“The AMPTP remains committed to reaching an agreement that will keep the industry working,” the group stated in a declaration. “We deeply value our IATSE crew members and are committed to working with them to avoid shutting down the industry at such a pivotal time, particularly since the industry is still recovering from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

It included: “A deal can be made at the bargaining table, but it will require both parties working together in good faith with a willingness to compromise and to explore new solutions to resolve the open issues.”

IATSE is anticipated to go back to settlements however stated it will do so hoping the studios “will see and understand the resolve of our members,” Loeb stated.

“The ball is in their court. If they want to avoid a strike, they will return to the bargaining table and make us a reasonable offer,” he stated.

When asked by the Los Angeles Times prior to the vote how most likely it was that the union would go on strike, Loeb stated, “That depends largely on the employers and what they’re prepared to do to avoid it.”

“They’ve made it about power, not reason, so my read is that if they see that the strike authorization is passed, then maybe they will return to reason and the bargaining table,” he stated. “But if it’s about power, that’s a problem.”

If mediators are unable to reach a contract and the strike progresses, it will close down production nationwide. The last significant Hollywood strike remained in 2007 after the Writers Guild of America stopped working to reach a agreement with AMPTP. It affected whatever from motion picture productions and TELEVISION series to late-night programs and lasted 100 days.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.