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The almost 60,000 workers represented by IATSE, the International Alliance of US Stage Employees, they authorized the union to organize an activity stoppage if they do not reach an agreement with the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP), the employer’s association that encompasses the studios and television networks.
The consultation included a 98 approval % and a stake close to 90%, the union told EFE.
“This vote has to do with the quality of life, with the health and safety of those who work in the film industry and television. Our people have basic human needs like time on meal breaks, getting enough sleep, and having a weekend. And those at the bottom of the pay scale deserve nothing less than a living wage“, Assured the president of IATSE.
The vote is not an immediate call to the strike, but authorizes the representatives of the organization to turn to it in case they do not achieve improvements in their working conditions which, among other issues, include an increase in the contribution to private health insurance and pension plans.
Most of the union members have temporary contracts such as technicians, artists and employees who provide their services in sections such as costumes, scenery or lighting.
On the other hand, stopping filming would do a huge disservice to Hollywood studios, which in itself have already suffered several delays due to the pandemic and have invested in platforms such as Disney + and HBO Max, whose business model requires a constant flow of new content to retain its subscribers.
One point to note is that other professional groups such as the actors unions (SAG) and screenwriters (WGA) support the demands of IATSE.
The last strike to hit Hollywood It was called in 2017 by the writers’ union and altered the shootings and television broadcasts for 100 days.
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