For those who don't know, IATSE is the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada. The union covers people in entertainment including wardrobe, hair and makeup artists, motion picture and television production technicians, broadcast technicians, scenic artists, designers, animators, and more. A strike could affect the entire film and TV industry.
A main point of contention is the long hours spent on set, even during a pandemic.
This would be the first actual industry-wide strike in the union’s history.
No one wants a strike, but the current deal expires Friday.
The union and management’s AMPTP will return to the bargaining table on Thursday to see if they can find common ground.
“Our goal is to reach every single one of our members and make sure they know what is going on in negotiations; where to go get more information; and, when the moment comes, how to make their voices heard by voting,” IATSE said in a message to members. “We don’t know what the vote will be—contract ratification or strike authorization—but we know it is coming, and we need local members to speak out in large numbers.”
The ramifications of this could be an industry-wide walk-out, halting production on every union project. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees includes the Cinematographers Guild Local 600, Art Directors Guild Local 800 and Editors Guild Local 700. It counts a total of 366 locals in the U.S. and Canada, organized by geographic region and craft jurisdictions. That's 150,000 workers who won't show up until an agreement is met.
We'll keep an eye on this as it develops.