IATSE Weekly Update – 10/1/21

 

 

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60,000 film and tv workers are mobilizing to win a union contract that guarantees basic human necessities like adequate sleep, meal breaks, and living wages from the wealthiest media corporations and studios in the world, and we need your support.

 

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Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), along with 118 Senators and Members of the House have sent a letter to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers urging the association to negotiate collaboratively and in good faith with Hollywood craft workers advocating for improved wages and working conditions on movie and television sets.

“The key issues in this negotiation, as we’ve come to understand them, are about worker dignity and basic human necessities. We are unified in our belief in the importance of living wages, sustainable benefits, and reasonable rest periods between shifts and during the workday,” the members wrote in the letter. View the letter and list of co-signers ➔

 


 

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On September 24, animation workers at Titmouse Vancouver made history by voting to ratify the IATSE’s first animation agreement in Canada. Ballots revealed a resounding 96.9% in support of the new agreement. The agreement will cover approximately 200 workers and also marks the first-ever contract for the recently chartered Animation Guild, IATSE Local 938. Workers at Titmouse voted to join the IATSE last October when over 98% voted in favour of joining the union. Read more ➔

 


 

 

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In Matthew Loeb’s 13 years as president of one of Hollywood’s biggest unions, this weekend’s planned vote to authorize strike action is unprecedented.

 

Some 60,000 members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union, representing crafts that power Hollywood’s film and televisions productions, will be asked to vote on whether to grant Loeb the right to call a strike should talks over a new contract with producers remain logjammed.

 

IATSE called for a vote last week after more than four months of talks resulted in an impasse with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The union is fighting for higher pay, larger contributions to health and pension plans, and improved rest periods and meal breaks, as well as a fair share of the profits from streaming productions. Read full interview ➔

 


 

 

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After months of negotiating successor contracts to the Producer-IATSE Basic Agreement, and the Theatrical and Television Motion Picture Area Standards Agreement, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) has not made any counteroffer to the IATSE’s most recent proposal.

 

A nationwide strike authorization vote for members under these two agreements is underway, and eligible members are strongly encouraged to #VoteYES on Authorizing a Strike. If you have any additional questions regarding the ongoing Strike Authorization votes, members are encouraged to reach out to their Local Union leadership. Click here to read FAQs ➔

 


 

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Martinez is the House Carpenter for Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway in New York, New York. He is a dedicated IATSE member and says unions have played a key part in his family.

 

“My Mexican culture correlates with the Sisterhood and Brotherhood of IATSE, because just like my family, we are all one,” says Martinez.

 

In 1965 John’s grandfather moved from Mexico to the United States and worked as a construction laborer for Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 362 for 43 years. His grandfather was the first Latino labor member in his Local. In addition, John’s American grandfather was a member of United Auto Workers as well. He says his father then went on to become a Business Agent for LIUNA in San Antonio, Texas, and this is where John was introduced to the world of theatre and IATSE.

 

“It’s a blast to be able to work doing something you love, so the work doesn’t feel like a job. The thing about working in entertainment is, even when you’re working on the same show more than once, you’re never doing the same thing twice,” he added. Read full interview ➔

 

 

 

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