Do-Or-Die IATSE Contract Talks Expected To Continue Friday; Carol Lombardini & Matt Loeb Have Long History Of Finding The Deal – Deadline

Loeb also has worked out a broad variety of contracts covering movies and television programs, low-budget movies, pay-cable television agreements and videotape agreements– all without any a strike.

And Lombardini has negotiated a great deal of agreements. She also negotiates with SAG-AFTRA, the DGA, the WGA, the American Federation of Musicians, Teamsters Local 399 and the Basic Crafts, and has always made a deal without a strike.

IATSE and the AMPTP are “still talking” and are anticipated to return to the virtual bargaining table once again Friday. Armed with strike authorization from his members, IATSE president Matthew Loeb can call an across the country walkout of film and TV employees at any time if he and AMPTP president Carol Lombardini cant reach a reasonable offer.

Lombardini became president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in March 2009, and there hasnt been an industrywide strike on her watch. Loeb took over as IATSE president less than a year earlier, and there hasnt been a strike on his watch either. In truth, IATSE never has had an industry-wide strike.

However if they can make an offer, it would continue their ideal records of significant contract talks without a strike.

The AMPTP states that it negotiates “58 industry-wide collective bargaining agreements on behalf of hundreds of movie and tv producers.” Thats 58 union agreements that all need to be renegotiated every 3 years or two. And all done without a single strike– not even a writers strike– throughout Lombardinis reign.


This is the 5th time that Lombardini and Loeb have satisfied– though this time essentially– to negotiate a new set of Basic and Area Standards contracts, covering some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers nationwide. And all without a strike– up until now.

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