“I hope the studios will see and understand the determination of our members,” IATSE President Matthew Loeb said today after 98% of the union’s voting members cleared him to call a strike if the upcoming talks fail to produce a fair contract for film and television. . “The ball is in their backyard. If they want to avoid a strike, they will go back to the bargaining table and make a reasonable offer to us.
Following the vote, AMPTP said it “remains committed to reaching a deal that will keep the industry operating. We deeply value our IATSE crew members and are committed to working with them to avoid shutting down the industry at such a crucial time, especially as the industry is still recovering from the economic fallout from the Covid pandemic- 19. Agreement can be reached at the negotiating table, but it will require both sides to work together in good faith with a willingness to compromise and explore new solutions to resolve outstanding issues.
IATSE members massively approve strike authorization; AMPTP says it “remains committed to reaching agreement”
Loeb said today: “The members have spoken loud and clear. This vote concerns 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 such as 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 national board of the DGA, meanwhile, issued a statement saying that it “stands in solidarity with our brothers, sisters and parents of IATSE. The quality of life and the living wage issues they fight for are important to all workers on the plateau. We urge AMPTP’s producers and studios to come back to the negotiating table and strike a fair deal to address these critical issues. “
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