Presumably, you’ve been keeping up with the updates on the negotiations between the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which includes 13 key Hollywood local unions, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), since the deadline for a new contract was on Friday, Sept. 10.
Although the website set up for contract updates (BasicAgreement.IATSE.net) had not been updated since August 31, a new update was posted to members yesterday, which reads as follows:
“The basic agreement bargaining committee has met over the last two days with the AMPTP. An agreement has not been reached,” the union said in its latest update to its members.
“The parties’ extension agreement expired at midnight on Sept. 10th but negotiations continue. In the meantime, the status quo remains in effect and all members should continue to report to work. Information will be provided as it becomes available.”
And it’s signed (as before) by…
Matthew D. Loeb
National Executive Director, IATSE Local 600
Executive Director, IATSE Local 892
Business Representative-Secretary, IATSE Local 728
Business Representative, IATSE Local 705
Business Representative, IATSE Local 871
National Executive Director, IATSE Local 700
Business Representative, IATSE Local 695
Business Representative, IATSE Local 884
Business Manager, IATSE Local 80
Business Agent, IATSE Local 706
Business Agent, IATSE Local 44
Robert D. Denne
Secretary-Treasurer, IATSE Local 729
National Executive Director,
IATSE Local 800
The fact that negotiations are continuing is a good sign that both parties are going to try to avoid an IATSE walkout or strike, because it would be hugely debilitating to the entire industry, but there still seems to be a fairly big divide between the two parties. Presumably, BasicAgreement.IATSE.net will have more updates as there’s something to announce, but we’ll continue reporting on the situation as there’s more news to share.