The IATSE has averted a strike (and a Hollywood shut down), but the fights not over yet – The A.V. Club

So its all great. “Hollywood ending” and all that. In fact no: According to IndieWire, a number of IATSE members are extremely unhappy with this existing agreement, thinking it doesnt go far enough in addressing concerns like the length of a workday or getting residuals from streamers. On the IA Stories Instagram page– which has become a virtual conference point where union members can talk about how theyve been mistreated– frustrated IATSE members are calling for the deal to be turned down and questioning the pages anonymous moderators in their evident rejection to acknowledge the reaction.

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In October, we reported that the IATSE was on the verge of a strike over these conditions, which wouldve efficiently closed down the show business (and potentially literally closed down the show business, if a strike call had actually been translated by union members as an industry-wide thing and not simply relevant to those impacted by the particular agreements being negotiated).
Now, with only hours left to go on the clock, the IATSE and AMPTP have come to an arrangement that IATSE employer Matthew Loeb considers a “Hollywood ending” to the saga. The specific information of the offer havent been exposed yet, however a Los Angeles Times story states it “improves incomes and working conditions for streaming productions, supplies a retroactive wage boost of three percent annually, and greater charges for companies that dont provide meal breaks.” It likewise has “undefined variety, equity, and inclusion initiatives,” which are always the most reliable type of variety, equity, and inclusion efforts.

If this offer is declined, the IATSE will have to resume negotiations with the AMPTP, which would potentially put a strike back on the table. Either method, the story isnt quite over.

IATSE strike supporters Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images).

Over the last few months, the International Alliance Of Theatrical Stage Employees (the IATSE, the union that covers show business production teams) has been combating the Alliance Of Motion Picture And Television Producers (the AMPTP, which is not a trade union but an association that deals with the TV networks, film studios, and production companies on problems with the unions) over what the IATSE states is a series of unreasonable conditions in their work– consisting of unsafe working hours, basic low incomes, a refusal to enable for time to sleep or eat, and specifically low settlement for work on streaming shows.

As the LA Times story describes, one of the reasons this seems to have exercised is that the TV networks involved were anxious about going through another major shutdown, considering that losing the IATSE would potentially leave them unable to do anything however schedule reruns (considering that cam operators are in the union). A streaming platform like Netflix could just lean on its existing library of material while a strike went on without being particularly bothered– integrate that with IATSE claims about members being made use of by banners, and they appear like they d be particularly undesirable in all of this.

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