AceShowbiz - A potential Hollywood shutdown prompted by an International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts strike has been averted at the 11th hour.
Members of IATSE were planning to walk out and picket studios on Monday, October 18, but a tentative last-minute deal linked to work conditions and pay with officials at the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has been reached over the weekend.
The threatened strike would have brought much of the film and TV industry to a halt, but after months of failed negotiations, a new three-year contract has been agreed.
"This is a Hollywood ending," IATSE president Matthew Loeb said. "Our members stood firm. They're tough and united. We went toe to toe with some of the richest and most powerful entertainment and tech companies in the world, and we have now reached an agreement with the AMPTP that meets our members' needs. Solidarity is more than a word. It's the way to get things done."
"Our members will see significant improvements, but our employers also will benefit," said Mike Miller, vice president and Motion Picture Director for IATSE. "This settlement allows pre-production, production and post-production to continue without interruption. Workers should have improved morale and be more alert. Health and safety standards have been upgraded."
Deal points include better wages and working conditions, extra holidays, and increased funding of health and pension plans. IATSE members still have to vote for the new deal. Many have since voiced their frustration over the new deal.
Rowan Byers was among those left unsatisfied. "We wanted to send a message that things needed to actually change," the dolly grip in IATSE Local 80 said as quoted by Variety. "The 10-hour turnarounds - that's the same shit that's already in my contract. Why would I be excited about that?"