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Union Roundup: Building Solidarity Using Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Practices (Guest Column)

November 30, 2021 | By
Union Roundup: Building Solidarity Using Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Practices (Guest Column)

As 2021 near its end and 2022 draws closer, there are a few things to consider as it relates to building and strengthening union solidarity across diverse groups. This is particularly true when it comes to addressing systemic racism, discrimination, and other forms of exclusion faced by union members from racialized and historically underrepresented... »

Union Roundup: Out with the New, In with the Old

November 23, 2021 | By
Union Roundup: Out with the New, In with the Old

The holiday homestretch is almost upon us, and we’ll be taking a few of the ensuing days off, so the next time we see you in this columnar space will be a little deeper into December. We’re also undergoing a name change, from “Strike Alert,” since, it would appear the main specter of a... »

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... »

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... »

Loeb,13 IATSE Locals Urge Members to Vote Yes for Contract Ratification

October 29, 2021 | By
Loeb,13 IATSE Locals Urge Members to Vote Yes for Contract Ratification

We’re currently in Phase 2 of the Basic Agreement ratification process for IATSE members to get a new Basic Agreement and Area Standards Agreement. On Thursday, IATSE President Matthew Loeb and the heads of the 13 West Coast Studio locals — which includes Local 600 (International Cinematographers Guild) , Local 700 (Motion Picture Editors’ Guild), and Local 800 (Art... »

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... »

Latest Letter from IATSE Pres. Matthew Loeb and More Updates

October 3, 2021 | By
Latest Letter from IATSE Pres. Matthew Loeb and More Updates

As the members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) spend the weekend voting on a strike authorization in the union’s negotiations with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers), a few updates were released late Friday and Saturday. First of all, IATSE International President Matthew Loeb released another statement to members on... »