Film and Television Workers’ Union to Begin Strike Monday Unless Negotiations Avert Deadline

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The national representing much than 60,000 movie and tv unit members plans to statesman a strike if a last-minute woody does not conscionable their requirements for harmless moving conditions.

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees International (IATSE) President Matthew Loeb said Wednesday the onslaught would commencement connected Oct. 18 unless negotiations are palmy earlier the deadline.

“However, the gait of bargaining doesn’t bespeak immoderate consciousness of urgency,” Loeb said successful a connection (pdf). “Without an extremity date, we could support talking forever. Our members merit to person their basal needs addressed now.”

The connection noted the statement addresses “core issues, specified arsenic tenable remainder periods, repast breaks, and a surviving wage for those connected the bottommost of the wage scale.”

More than 98 percent of voting national members supported the strike. Voter turnout included 90 percent of the union’s members.

BREAKING: Unless an Agreement is Reached, IATSE movie & tv workers volition statesman a nationwide onslaught connected Oct. 18 astatine 12:01 a.m. (PDT)

— IATSE // #IASolidarity (@IATSE) October 13, 2021

The IATSE reported the pending onslaught has led to immoderate studios scheduling unplanned further enactment this week anterior to the deadline.

“In effect to our onslaught deadline announcement this week, we are getting reports immoderate studios are scheduling unplanned sixth and seventh days and further overtime,” the national said connected Twitter Thursday.

“It is SHAMEFUL that during a dialog focused connected unsafe hours and different abusive moving conditions, some @AMPTP  companies are intentionally choosing to hazard the wellness and information of our members to service their ain selfish interests,” the IATSE added successful different post. “It highlights the urgency of our issues.”

The national encouraged those who felt unsafe to study the contented to the due information hotline.

Actor and shaper Octavia Spencer voiced enactment for the IATSE’s demands connected Monday.

“I anticipation #AMPTP does the close happening and sits down again,” Spencer wrote on Twitter. “They’re not asking for thing unreasonable.”

Some Democrat lawmakers person besides expressed enactment of the union’s strike.

“#Striketober coming successful hot,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said successful a tweet supporting the national and different strikes connected Thursday.

“After years of being underserved and taken for granted – & doubly truthful during the pandemic – workers are starting to authorize strikes crossed the country: from @IATSE production workers to @UAW  John Deere & @BCTGM Kellogg workers,& galore more. Good,” she added.

In summation to IATSE, corporations similar Kellogg, John Deere, and Nabisco person started strikes successful October. In total, the companies correspond much than 100,000 American workers petitioning for amended moving conditions crossed assorted unions.

Christopher Burroughs


Christopher Burroughs reports connected breaking quality for The Epoch Times.