IATSE Weekly Newsletter 9/24/2021



Weekly Action


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.


Will you take two minutes to sign our petition demanding the AMPTP and its members provide equitable treatment for the unsung heroes of the entertainment industry?


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News Updates






I write you with a deep sense of commitment to addressing your profound concerns with respect to the wages, terms and conditions under which you work. As you may be aware, negotiations with the major producers have reached a standstill. They refused to reply to our last proposal.


Throughout these negotiations we have stressed our priorities repeatedly and without waiver. We have offered the producers options. They well know what it will take to get a deal done. Nonetheless we must move forward in the fight for our causes which are irrefutably about fairness. We must remain united and prove our resolve. Read full statement on IATSE.net ➔





Throughout the bargaining process, the AMPTP has failed to work with us on addressing the most grievous problems in their workplaces, including:


- Excessively unsafe and harmful working hours.

- Unlivable wages for the lowest paid crafts.

- Consistent failure to provide reasonable rest during meal breaks, between workdays, and on weekends.

- Workers on certain “new media” streaming projects get paid less, even on productions with budgets that rival or exceed those of traditionally released blockbusters. Read more ➔






Hollywood A-listers are assembling to fight on behalf of crew members. Danny DeVito, Kerry Washington, Mandy Moore, Joshua Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Susan Sarandon and more stars are speaking out in support of IATSE. Read more ➔


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After an organizing push and an election overseen by The National Labor Relations Board, stagehands and wardrobe Workers at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts have unanimously voted to join The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage employees.


“Our successful organizing means we have been granted the power to transform our workplace with a newfound voice, Said stagehand Joe Skowronski.


Workers were primarily motivated to join together in union for improved wages, the desire for more reliable schedules, and an interest in access to the training opportunities offered by The Alliance. Read more ➔






UNI Global Union, representing more than 20 million workers from over 150 different countries in the skills and services sectors, expresses support with IATSE, in its efforts to secure dignified and safe working conditions for 60,000 workers in the U.S. UNI General Secretary Christy Hoffman said “It’s about time that the multinational companies represented by the AMPTP recognize that change needs to come. Putting an end to the long hours culture in the U.S. and the global film industry is overdue.”

Philippa Childs, Head of the BECTU, U.K. and Vice President of UNI MEI said “All 150 member unions in UNI’s media and entertainment sector stand with IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb, his team and all IATSE brothers and sisters in this fight. Read full statement ➔



Joint Union Statement on IATSE


Meet Jonquil Garrick-Reynolds, she holds both a Wardrobe and Stage cards as a member of Local 471. Reynolds first show with IATSE was as a Local crew for Showboat in 1997 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada.


Jonquil says growing up Dominican-Canadian in Ottawa was challenging, without a lot of Latin culture or Spanish around to reinforce pride in my identity and culture.


“I was constantly asked “What are you?” and “Where are you from?” and it was hard sometimes to feel like I belonged anywhere,” she added. “Theatre gave me that place and sense of belonging, first as a performer, and then as an IATSE stagehand and wardrobe technician.” Read full interview ➔



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