Hollywood strike averted after union and producers hit last-minute deal | American unions


An 11-hour deal between producers and the union representing 60,000 film and television workers averted a strike that threatened to cause widespread disruption in Hollywood.

The International Alliance of Theater Workers, which includes cameramen, makeup artists, sound technicians and others, said negotiators agreed to a new three-year contract on Saturday, ahead of a Monday deadline that would have seen leaving work.

“It’s a Hollywood ending,” union president Matthew Loeb said in an emailed statement. “Our members held on. They are tough and united.

Workers still have to vote to approve the deal, but the strike was called off with the tentative deal, averting a serious setback for an industry that had just returned to work after long pandemic shutdowns.

Jarryd Gonzales, spokesperson for the Alliance of Film and Television Producers, which represented studios and other entertainment companies in the negotiations, confirmed the deal to The Associated Press.

“Good for @IATSE for holding on. And don’t forget, we’re backing you whenever you need us, ”comedian, actor and writer Patton Oswalt said on Twitter.

Another actor, comedian and writer, Yvette Nicole Brown, tweeted “#UnionStrong!” as well as a link to a story about the agreement.

The effects of the strike were reportedly immediate, with crews not only on long-term productions, but also daily series, including network talk shows, leaving their jobs.

The union represents filmmakers, cameramen, scenographers, carpenters, hairdressers and makeup artists and many others.

Union members said previous contracts allowed their employers to force them to work excessive hours and deny them reasonable rest through meal breaks and enough free time between shifts.

Executives said the lowest-paid trades were receiving unliveable wages, and streaming outlets including Netflix, Apple and Amazon were allowed to work them even harder for less money.

Details of the new contracts were not immediately revealed.

The union reported on October 4 that its members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, sparking fears across the industry, but negotiations immediately resumed between the union and producers.

A Monday strike deadline was set on Wednesday when talks stalled, but the union said subsequent negotiations had been productive.

It would have been the first national strike in the alliance’s 128-year history, and would have affected not only the Los Angeles and New York area, but also growing production centers like Georgia, New Mexico and Colorado.

During the negotiations, many big names in entertainment came out in support of the union’s demands, including Octavia Spencer, Mindy Kaling and Jane Fonda. The Directors Guild of America also issued a declaration of solidarity, signed by Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Barry Jenkins, Ron Howard and Ava DuVernay.

Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report


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