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Strike Alert: Not Every IATSE Member Likes Their New Contract

November 16, 2021 | By
Strike Alert: Not Every IATSE Member Likes Their New Contract

The results are in, and well, it seems the people have spoken — those people making up the rank and file of IATSE — and evidently, their wishes were ignored by the electoral-college style voting system the union has instituted for contract ratification. The approval announcement was made on Monday, after a weekend of... »

IATSE Members Vote to Ratify the Basic Agreement, but Only by a Small Margin

November 15, 2021 | By
IATSE Members Vote to Ratify the Basic Agreement, but Only by a Small Margin

On Monday, November 15, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced the results of the weekend vote to ratify the Basic Agreement and Area Standards Agreement contracts negotiated with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which will affect over 60,000 members of the labor union. As far as the 13 West Coast locals... »

IATSE President Loeb Makes Final Appeal to Members to Ratify

November 11, 2021 | By
IATSE President Loeb Makes Final Appeal to Members to Ratify

In a letter sent to members and posted on the Basic Agreement website and the corresponding Area Standards Agreement site, IATSE President Matthew D. Loeb made a second appeal to the union’s 60,000 members to vote “yes” to ratify the new three-year contracts as negotiated with AMPTP. The two agreements go to members for a vote, beginning tomorrow, Friday, November... »

Strike Alert: DPs’ Urge for Change Prompts Action, but Is It Quick Enough?

November 9, 2021 | By
Strike Alert: DPs’ Urge for Change Prompts Action, but Is It Quick Enough?

Most readers of this space will have already seen the open letter from the cinematography community, signed by a veritable who’s who of ASC and BSC members, Oscar and Emmy nominees, all the way up to  ASC President Stephen Lighthill. It calls for a ban on all functional firearms on sets, along with a “vow... »

IATSE Agreement Out to Members, Ratification Vote Begins Nov. 12

November 5, 2021 | By
IATSE Agreement Out to Members, Ratification Vote Begins Nov. 12

On Thursday, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) released a 49-page Memorandum of Agreement, covering the Basic Agreement (BA) for the 13 West Coast local unions, and another for the Theatrical and Television Motion Picture Area Standards Agreement (ASA). These agreements — you can read the Basic Agreement here — were negotiated by IATSE with the Alliance of Motion... »

Strike Alert: Two DPs Speak Out About On-Set Safety

November 2, 2021 | By
Strike Alert: Two DPs Speak Out About On-Set Safety

“It’s a miracle I’ve made it this far,” reflects Tim Blake Nelson’s titular character in the evocative indie Western, Old Henry, currently wracking up critical praise during its multi-platform release. In Henry’s case, the reflection comes after his son makes a startling realization about his widower dad’s earlier life, and Nelson’s comments are about... »

Strike Alert: Notes on a Memorial

October 26, 2021 | By
Strike Alert: Notes on a Memorial

So a crew member was killed on a set since last time we posted. You know this already, of course, and — if you’re the type of person who reads Below the Line in general, and its labor column in particular — you have probably been reading up on, and trying to ferret out... »

IATSE Contract Ratification Timeline Released Plus Some “Talking Points”

October 21, 2021 | By
IATSE Contract Ratification Timeline Released Plus Some “Talking Points”

While we await Mark London Williams‘ next Strike Alert on Tuesday, there have been scattered updates on the IATSE contract ratification vote over the last few days, including some statements about what the various union leaders are doing to keep their members informed in the meantime. ADG Local 800 will be having its annual ADG... »

Strike Alert: Strike Averted and Everybody’s Happy, Right?

October 19, 2021 | By
Strike Alert: Strike Averted and Everybody’s Happy, Right?

IATSE President Matthew Loeb called it “a Hollywood ending,” referring, of course, to the last minute tentative settlement between the union, and the AMPTP, to avoid the first-ever widespread crew shutdown of film and TV production.   The phrase conjures up imagery going back to The Perils of Pauline, with the heroine snatched off the... »

IATSE Negotiations Continue Today: Saturday Update (UPDATED!)

October 16, 2021 | By
IATSE Negotiations Continue Today: Saturday Update (UPDATED!)

As the possibility of a full IATSE strike looms for Monday, IATSE International President Matthew Loeb and other union leaders will continue to meet virtually with AMPTP representatives on Saturday to try to hash out a new 3-year Basic Agreement and Area Standards for the union’s 60,000 members that’s agreeable to both parties. These negotiations are being received... »