Earlier this week, we reported that the International Alliance of Theatrical Employees (IATSE) was about to strike — just one among many As it turned out, conversations with the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP) had stalled. The plan was for the union to start their national strike on Monday, immediately causing all Hollywood productions across the country to shut down until their demands are met. Saturday night a deal suddenly made, but it’s not the one everyone agrees with.
The new deal, currently being ratified by union members and called the Basic Agreement, will last three years. Addressing central issues of IATSE, the agreement will lead to reasonable rest periods, retroactive 3% salary increases, adoption of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and decent wages for those at the bottom of the pay scale. In a declaration, IATSE President Matthew Loeb described it as “a Hollywood end” and a historic deal. ” We’ve taken on some of the richest and most powerful entertainment and tech companies in the world, and now we have a deal with AMPTP that meets the needs of our members.
Although Loeb’s statement portrays a happy ending to the story, and many actors expressed their gratitude for reaching an agreement, IATSE members disagree. In the tweeter announcing the Basic Agreement, several responses from members highlighted how much the little things seem to have really changed with this new contract. This the same feeling is on IATSE Instagram, with many calling this “insufficient” and saying they would certainly vote “no” to ratify the contract.
As of this writing, IATSE has yet to issue another statement addressing the concerns of its members. Talk to Deadline, an unspecified person said it was a “fair deal” for everyone involved. But that doesn’t appear to be the case, and unless something changes in the near future, the IATSE fight isn’t as over as Hollywood would like it to be.e believe.