Previous Week, Clear majority Employees of the International Coalition for the Theater Stage voted in favor of empowerment across the country. StrikeA move that would immediately halt the production of films and series across the country. Now, the trade union is making it clear that it intends to live up to its word.
This morning, IATSE President Matthew de Leub announced on his Twitter account that 60,000 trade union members would go on strike from Monday if talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers continued.
I An official press release Echoing Loeb’s tweets from the IATSE, he expressed that although he and his colleagues are more determined to continue negotiations with the AMPTP, they felt that giving their potential strike a concrete date. Importantly, given the months-long negotiating point, no major agreement has yet been reached.
“However, the pace of bargaining doesn’t immediately make sense,” Leub said. “Without a deadline, we can continue to negotiate forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs met now.
IATSE’s AMPTP demands largely focus on minimum wages for workers across the board, as well as greater downtime between start and stop times of production days. They also pay attention to the heart. In addition, IATSE members are pushing for more equitable ratings for streaming production, whose employees are generally paid less than their counterparts working in traditional television productions. Although it is not yet clear how AMPTPI can respond to the addition of ATSE, the next step seems quite easy to understand at this point.
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