If there is a strike, the union has a lot of picket signs all set to go, as seen in the above image, which was taken Sunday at Grips Local 80 in Burbank, CA.
If contract talks with the AMPTP fail to produce a fair deal, IATSE is tailoring up for a strike. “We are hoping for a deal but preparing for a strike,” a union source tells Deadline.
Today is the sixth day of do-or-die agreement talks considering that the unions members voted extremely to give strike authorization to IATSE president Matthew Loeb, who on Friday said that if a deal is to be made, and a strike prevented, it will have to be reached quickly. In any case, he stated, “Its a matter of days, not weeks.”
On Saturday, IATSEs 13 Hollywood locals included in the settlements put out a message to their members: “We continue to stand firm on the top priority problems that you supported with your strike authorization vote. It is in the best interest of all IATSE members across the nation that we continue to bargain till it ends up being evident that we can not reach an agreement.
The indications bring a lot of the messages that the union has actually been stating because contract began in mid-May: “Fighting for Living Wages,” “Fighting for Rest Periods,” and “Fighting for Meal Breaks.”