Monday, October 18, 2021

Hollywood Crews Union Reaches Deal With Studios

The union representing Hollywood crews has reached an agreement on a new contract with the major studios, avoiding a historic strike next week that would have disrupted film and TV production nationwide, reports The L-A Times.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said they have concluded an agreement on a new three-year contract covering some 40,000 film and TV industry workers represented by 13 Hollywood union locals.

The alliance represents the major Hollywood studios such as Walt Disney and Warner Bros. along with newcomers Apple, Amazon and Netflix.

The agreement ends a standoff that would have led to the first nationwide strike in the union’s 128-year history and the first major strike by crews since World War II. IATSE had planned to begin a strike Monday if no deal was reached.

IATSE said the tentative contract, which is subject to approval by members, improves wages and working conditions for streaming productions, provides a retroactive wage increase of 3% annually and higher penalties for companies that don’t provide meal breaks.

The pact also includes a commitment to fund the union’s health and pension plans, which are facing a $400-million deficit, and addresses longstanding complaints about long hours on sets. It would required producers to provide a minimum turnaround time of 10 hours between daily shoots and 54 hours’ rest after a five day week.

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