About 60,000 film and TV workers – including grips, hair stylists and designers – are being told that if the big studios do not agree to a pay rise and a longer gap between shoots, among other demands. Get ready to leave the set next week.
The strike will shut down hundreds of productions across the United States. Canada If the studios do not agree to substantial changes by 12.01 pm on Monday.
The strike date was announced Wednesday morning by Matthew Loeb, president of the International Coalition of Theater Stage Employees (IATSE), who said he would continue to meet with the studios union to reach an agreement.
Loeb said in a statement, however, that the pace of the deal did not reflect a sense of urgency. “Without an end date, we can continue the conversation forever. Our members now deserve to meet their basic needs.
The Union of Studios, Motion Picture and Television Producers’ Union responded to the IATSE strike date: Will continue For a new contract that will keep the industry working. ‘
Workers at the historic Hollywood Crafts Union are fed up with meager pay and marathon working days. Above, union members in Connecticut strike in March for healthcare and overtime.
About 60,000 members of the International Union of Theater Stage Employees will not come to work – stopping hundreds of productions – if the big studios do not meet their demands.
Union leader Matthew de Leub announced the strike on Wednesday, the first in union history.
A text is circulating among IATSE members this week, and is published via the Industry Blog. deadline, Reads: ‘Leadership advised me to ask members to keep their kits clean this week. Be prepared to work on Mondays, but also for packets / walks off.
Last week, 98% of eligible members across the country gave Loeb the option to call a strike if he landed, an option Loeb used on Wednesday.
The union has complained of ‘unsafe’ working hours, ‘uninhabitable’ wages and inadequate meal breaks and the time between working days and weekends. Things got worse as Hollywood increased production after most of the episodes of the Cove 19 epidemic closed.
Los Angeles City and County Official Film Office Film LA found that April-to-June location shooting surpasses the pre-2019 epidemic quarter average, meaning Hollywood is back in business on a large scale.
The second quarter of 2021 recorded a total of 9,791 shooting days in all categories, an increase of 40% since March.
The rise was largely due to TV dramas and reality shows, Hollywood movie bread and butter.
IATSE also wants its workers to work on ‘new media’ projects, which run on platforms like Netflix, get paid like those who work on projects that are broadcast on TV or Are shown in theaters.
According to the technicians’ union, the union is trying to change all labor shifts to 10 hours between shifts and 54-hour shifts on weekends. Different types.. They also want to increase food penalties, to force production to stop at lunch.
The Union Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is working to end this, with major studios representing Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Netflix, Apple and Amazon. Los Angeles Times..
Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forwarder, currently shooting in Georgia, will be affected by the strike.
Similarly, HBO Comedy Search Party, which is currently filming in New York City.
“It is incomprehensible that AMPTP, a consortium of media mega corporations with billions of dollars, claims that it provides behind-the-scenes staff with basic human needs such as adequate sleep, meal breaks,” he said. And the resident can’t pay the wages. ” The union said last month.
What’s worse is that the administration doesn’t recognize our core issues.
On October 4, the IATSE said that 90% of the 60,000 eligible voters had voted, with more than 98% in favor of allowing the strike.
The union represents 150,000 staff members in the United States and. Canada, But not all are affected by the latest demands.
This is the first time in the union’s 128-year history that it has allowed a strike. CNBC.
“Members have spoken out loud and clear,” Loeb said in a statement last week when members voted to authorize the strike, but before they could set a date.
“This vote is about quality of life as well as the health and safety of those working in the film and television industry.”
“Our people have basic human needs, such as a meal break, adequate sleep and a weekend,” he added. For those living on lower wages, they are entitled to no less than a living wage.
The Technicians’ Union wants streamers and big TV and movie studios to pay their workers. Above, storyboard artist Crystal Kan draws a labor symbol on a car on September 26.
Last week, 98% of eligible IATSE members across the country voted in favor of the strike if needed.
In September, the IATSE asked its members to allow a strike during the emergency virtual town hall.
The decisive move by union officials came after four months of negotiations between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
After several months, the two organizations failed to agree on an agreement.
IATSE members say they have reached this point due to a combination of unsatisfactory conditions, such as being forced to go through a severe production schedule after failing at work due to epidemic diseases, and a New climate where workers are willing to share negative experiences through social media. media
Streaming studios such as Netflix, Disney, Hulu, HBO, Amazon and Paramount have failed to reach an agreement with IATSE on wages, breaks and other demands.
The workers of the historic Hollywood Crafts Union are fed up with meager wages and marathon work days, which have deteriorated since the workers returned to their respective crafts after an epidemic.
They are seeking stricter fines from their employers for meal breaks, longer rest periods, and higher pay for streaming projects and weekend assignments.
IATSE members are working to raise wages for handicrafts with a minimum hourly rate of less than ڈالر 18 an hour, as well as increased participation in health and pension schemes.
The union had earlier revealed that producers such as Netflix, Amazon, Warner Bros. and Walt Disney had refused to respond to their latest proposals after the union’s contract expired earlier this month.
“This failure to continue negotiations can only be explained in one way,” the IATSE said in a statement last week. “They will not solve the fundamental issues that we have repeatedly advocated from the beginning.”
The agreement affects more than 43,000 workers in the film and entertainment industry who work in live theater, motion picture and television production, trade shows and exhibitions, television broadcasting, and concerts – as well as helping these industries. Equipment and construction shops.
Donna Young of the IATSE Local 700 Motion Picture Editors Guild writes a message of ‘fair wages for all’ on a union member’s car during a rally in Los Angeles in September.
IATSE members gathered in January 2020 for the fourth annual Women’s March in New York.
The union is also seeking to negotiate another agreement, which would affect its 17,000 members working outside the Los Angeles and New York areas.
However, the studios are still not accepting the union’s demands – citing the costs they have incurred as a result of epidemics.
Instead, they are seeking concessions from the union, such as lower pay for work on streaming shows, reduction of fines for lack of lunch breaks, and longer working hours than on TV shows. Increase the number of people who must be eligible. Health benefits.
In a statement, the Motion Picture and Television Producers Coalition said it had listened to and addressed many of the union’s demands, including raising the minimum wage for certain types of new media productions and approximately The 400 400,400 million pension bill is based on a health plan deficit
“When we began negotiations with the IATSE a month ago, we discussed economic realities and the challenges facing the entertainment industry as we work to recover from the Cove 19 epidemic,” the organization said. Are
“By choosing to leave the bargaining table to get a strike permit, the IATSE leadership has moved away from a generous comprehensive package.”
The strike gives union leaders more leeway in interacting with the studios, as they now have the legal capacity to suspend production at a crucial time.
Producers, on the other hand, are working hard to redesign and re-market various projects to delay epidemics and redistribute resources on a growing streaming platform.