Loeb said the union “will continue to negotiate with growers this week in the hopes of reaching a deal that addresses fundamental issues, such as reasonable rest periods, meal breaks and a living wage for those in need. at the bottom of the salary scale ”.
He noted, however, that “the pace of negotiations does not reflect any sense of urgency” and that “without an end date, we could go on talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs met now. “
The Alliance of Film and Television Producers on Wednesday released a statement in response to the IATSE strike date, saying: “There are five full days left to reach a deal, and the studios will continue to negotiate in good faith. with the aim of reaching an agreement. for a new contract that will allow the industry to continue operating.
According to a text circulating among IATSE members this week: “The local leadership of the AI has just come out of a meeting with Loeb. Tomorrow in the middle of the afternoon, Eastern time, he will make an announcement that AMPTP has until Monday 18 at 12:01 am to give us a better offer. Management advised me to tell members to put their kits away this week. Be prepared to work on Mondays, but also be prepared to picket / leave ”.
The union has also launched a “strike clock” which you can see here.
IATSE Says AMPTP “Repeatedly Refuses To Do What It Takes To Reach A Fair Deal”
A strike, if it is that, would start at 12:01 am PDT on October 18.
Union members voted overwhelmingly last week to give Loeb the power to call a strike if contract negotiations did not result in a new contract for 60,000 film and television workers. The turnout was 90%, with 98.6% of those voting in favor of authorizing a strike.
Executives of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, told members on Wednesday that “we are now at a crossroads” because corporations have “stubbornly refused to recognize even the most basic protections we need.
“For more than five months, we negotiated in good faith to reach a deal with employers that would provide our members with safer working conditions, fair wages and sustainable benefits,” said John Lindley, President of the Local 600, and Rebecca Rhine, National Executive Director. members shortly after Loeb set a date for the strike. “We presented data on unsafe hours and inadequate rest periods, as well as the lack of meal breaks. We joined 12 other locals in the fight for a living wage, sustainable benefits and “new media” rates that reflect the success of streaming companies.
“Despite our best efforts to make our positions understood to employers, they stubbornly refused to recognize even the most basic protections we need. Our greatest value is our work, and withholding our work is our greatest weapon, a weapon our union has never used before in national contract negotiations. We are reasonable people, but we have been deceived and now we are at a crossroads. On the one hand is the status quo, which is inhuman and unsustainable. The other choice leads to an unknown outcome, but it’s the only possible way to make late changes, and it’s the way to go.
“Our goal has always been to negotiate a fair deal, but we all understood that a strike was a possibility. Our members’ willingness to make this deal became crystal clear after 99.2% of our eligible members who voted supported a strike authorization. A strike is now a reality, unless employers use the limited time they have left to make proposals that recognize the value of the human beings who power this industry with their bodies and hearts.
The outstanding issues, they said, are wages, including living wages; meal breaks; weekend rest periods; pension hours required for an eligible year; terms and conditions for new media and lasting benefits.
“For a strike to be successful,” they said, “we will have to work as hard for ourselves and our future as we are used to working for our employers and their projects. If we go on strike, we’ll picket studios and construction sites and do our best to stop production everywhere. Our goal is to get a better deal that will get us back to our job. We will lock our arms and stand together for as long as it takes. ”