Matthew Loeb, the president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees International, announced Wednesday that unless an agreement is reached, union members will begin a nationwide strike against the Alliance of Motion Pictures Producers on Monday at 12:01 a.m. PDT.
Loeb said the union will continue bargaining with the producers this week to reach agreements that address core issues, such as reasonable rest periods, meal breaks, and a living wage for those on the bottom of the wage scale.
“However, the pace of bargaining doesn’t reflect any sense of urgency,” Loeb said in a release. “Without an end date, we could keep talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs addressed now.”
IATSE members who work in television and film production at 36 IATSE local unions across the country voted last week to authorize the union’s president to call a strike if contract talks didn’t result in a new contract for the 60,000 film and television workers.
Voter turnout was 90%, with 98.6% of those voting in support of authorizing a strike.
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