Hollywood “Behind The Scenes” Crew Strike Looms As Union Draws A Line In The Sand

  • “Without an end date, we could keep talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs addressed now,” said IATSE head Matthew Loeb, setting a deadline of Monday.
  • The Union also criticized Hollywood’s failure to update the often lower salaries for crew members working on projects for streaming platforms, which now have budgets comparable to traditional Hollywood blockbusters.
  • There was a film crew strike in 1945 called “Hollywood’s Bloody Friday,” where violent clashes occurred outside the Warner Bros studio.

Agence France-Presse from Rawstory writes:

“Hollywood film set crews will launch their biggest strike since the 1940s next week unless studios meet their demands for better working conditions, their largest union said Wednesday in a move that could bring the multi-billion dollar industry to a halt.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which represents 60,000 film and TV workers from camera operators to set builders and costume designers, has been in months of talks with the top industry organization representing the likes of Disney, Warner and Netflix.

IATSE says that despite months of negotiations, Hollywood studios have ignored their demands for shorter working hours, longer breaks between shifts, and improved pay for the lowest earners.

“Without an end date, we could keep talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs addressed now,” said IATSE head Matthew Loeb, setting a deadline of Monday.

The studios’ “pace of bargaining doesn’t reflect any sense of urgency,” he added…”

See full story here.



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