The Cinema Times, Kathmandu – Hollywood production workers across the country has halted their strike after tentative deal.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, or IATSE came to a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers AMPTP. The deal was held on Saturday.
Several important goals were achieved in the agreement, according to a statement posted to the IATSE website. These included improvement to working conditions, higher wages for lower-wage earners, and daily rest periods of 10 hours without exceptions.
“This is a Hollywood ending,” IATSE International President Matthew Loeb said. “Our members stood firm. We are tough and united.”
The tentative agreement must be ratified by IATSE members.
In late September, IATSE announced that if negotiations were unsuccessful, the union would hold a strike authorization vote. The union demanded higher pay, larger contributions to health and pension plans, meal breaks, longer rest periods, and a bigger share of profits from streaming companies.
The union’s contract with AMPTP went into effect in 2018 and was set to expire July 31, but it was extended through Sept. 10. The tentative agreement with AMPTP was a major victory for the union after weeks of stalled contract talks.
“Our members will see significant improvements, but our employers also will benefit,” said Mike Miller, IATSE vice president and director of motion picture and television production. “This settlement allows pre-production, production and post-production to continue without interruption. Workers should have improved morale and be more alert. Health and safety standards have been upgraded.”
The public supported the strike. Even celebrities including Mindy Kaling, Ryan Reynolds and Kerry Washington and U.S. Congress members such as Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey supported the movement.