Earlier in the week we had reported that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) was set to strike – just one of many took place recently, as it turns out – when talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) were coming to a standstill. The plan was for the union to begin their nationwide strike on Monday and immediately stop all Hollywood productions across the country until their demands were met;. Saturday night, an appointment suddenly came, but it is not one that everyone agrees on.
The new agreement, which is currently being ratified by union members and called the Basic Agreement, will last three years. Addressing IATSE’s key issues, the agreement will lead to reasonable rest periods, retrospective wage increases of 3%, adoption of diversity and inclusion initiatives;and living wages to those at the bottom of the wage scale. In a announcement, IATSE President Matthew Loeb described this as “a Hollywood conclusion” and a landmark agreement. “We went toe to toe with some of the richest and most powerful entertainment and tech companies in the world, and we have now entered into an agreement with AMPTP that meets the needs of our members. ”
Although Loeb’s statement paints a happy ending to the story and many actors has expressed gratitude for reaching agreement, members of IATSE do not agree. IN tweet announcement of the basic agreement, several responses from members has pointed out how little things actually seemed to have changed with this new agreement. To same feeling is with IATSE’s Instagram, where several call this “inadequate” and say they will definitely vote “no” to ratify the contract.
At the time of writing, IATSE has not yet released another statement addressing members’ concerns. Talking to Deadline, an unspecified person said this was a “fair deal” for everyone involved. But that does not seem to be the case, and unless something changes in the near future, IATSE’s fight is not as over as Hollywood woulde to believe.
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