Filming and TV productions will stop unless an agreement has been reached
Angel.- Union representing American film and TV workers declared that, if no agreement is reached to ensure fair and safe working conditions for all its members, it will strike nationwide on Monday.
The strike will affect production in Georgia, New Mexico, and other locations and will prevent the production of many film and television productions.
Matthew Loeb (international chairman of the International Union of Theater and Stage Employees) stated Wednesday that the strike would begin Monday at 12:01 am if there is no agreement on rest and meal time and workers are paid the minimum wage.
Loeb pointed to the lack of urgency in the pace at which negotiations are taking place to set the strike date.
Loeb stated in a statement that “there is no end date. We can keep talking.”
“Our members need to be provided for their basic needs”
The strike will cause serious problems for industries that recently resumed work following prolonged shutdowns because of pandemics or repeated aftershocks from new outbreaks.
Jarryd Gonzales (publicist representing the group) stated that there are still five days to reach an agreement.
“The studio will continue to bargain in good faith in order to reach an agreement to keep this industry running.”
Like other industries, people often reevaluate their lives and professional needs during a crisis. Union leaders claim that the “catch up” effect has resulted in worsening working conditions now that production is rising again.
Jonas Loeb from IATSE, communications director, said last week that “people report that working conditions are worsening”.
“The 60,000 employees behind the scenes who signed these contracts are truly at a tipping-point.”
This will be the 128th nationwide strike in IATSE history. Its members are cinematographers and photographers, set designers and carpenters, as well as hairdressers, makeup artists and hairdressers.
Union members said that they were made to work overtime, and didn’t get adequate breaks between shifts. Leaders claim that the low-paid artists’ salaries are not sustainable.
Streaming services such Netflix, Apple and Amazon have the ability to pay less for transactions in the past, which allows them greater flexibility when they are first launched.
Rebecca Rhine, the Association of Cinematographers’ National Executive Director, stated: “We continue our efforts to instill in employers a sense of importance about our priorities. This is about people. Working conditions are about dignity and safety at work.
“Health and safety, unsafe work hours, and skipping meals have been the exceptions to this industry’s existence for many years. This is a hard industry. But they are the norm.
On October 4, the union reported that its members voted with overwhelming majority to allow its president strike authorization. However, negotiations were resumed after the vote and they hoped to avoid a shutdown.
The Alliance of Film and Television Producers, which represents studios and entertainment companies in the negotiations stated that its members are proud of their team members and committed to avoiding industry shutdowns that are still in recovery.
Strikes are always hard for everyone. It is hard for everyone to feel the pain, but our members have the determination and will to make a difference in this industry. “Rhine said.
“What we learned is that employers can make a change in the way they do business if they are willing to do this,” says Dr. Michael J. Sullivan.