The AMPTP states that it negotiates “58 industry-wide collective bargaining agreements on behalf of hundreds of motion image and television manufacturers.” Thats 58 union contracts that all need to be renegotiated every three years or so. And all done without a single strike– not even an authors strike– throughout Lombardinis reign.
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 fact, IATSE never ever has had an industry-wide strike.
IATSE and the AMPTP are “still talking” and are anticipated to return to the virtual bargaining table again Friday. Armed with strike permission from his members, IATSE president Matthew Loeb can call an across the country walkout of film and TV workers at any time if he and AMPTP president Carol Lombardini cant reach a fair offer.
However if they can negotiate, it would continue their ideal records of significant agreement talks without a strike.
Loeb also has worked out a large range of agreements covering films and television shows, low-budget movies, pay-cable television contracts and videotape agreements– all without any a strike.
And Lombardini has worked out a great deal of contracts. She likewise negotiates with SAG-AFTRA, the DGA, the WGA, the American Federation of Musicians, Teamsters Local 399 and the Basic Crafts, and has actually always negotiated without a strike.
This is the 5th time that Lombardini and Loeb have actually fulfilled– though this time practically– to negotiate a new set of Basic and Area Standards arrangements, covering some 60,000 behind-the-scenes employees nationwide. And all without a strike– up until now.