Hollywood production workers across the country won’t be picking up their signs and going on strike after all – avoiding what could have been the industry’s biggest walkout since World War II.
The International Theater Employees Alliance, or IATSE – which represents camera technicians, makeup artists, costume designers and other behind-the-scenes workers – has reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Film Producers. and television, or AMPTP, which represents the main film and television production companies, told Jarryd Gonzales, spokesperson for the film alliance, on Saturday.
Details of the deal were not immediately available.
Calling for higher wages, higher contributions to health and pension plans, meal breaks, better periods of rest and a greater reduction in profits from the streaming behemoths, the IATSE announced at the end of September his intention to organize a strike authorization vote if the negotiations failed. An overwhelming majority – roughly 99 percent of Hollywood union workers who voted – voted on Oct. 4 to allow their union to call a strike.
The union’s contract with AMPTP came into effect in 2018 and was due to expire on July 31, but it was extended until September 10. The tentative deal with AMPTP was a major victory for the union after weeks of stalled contract negotiations.
The potential strike has drawn almost unanimous support from the public, including celebrities such as Mindy Kaling, Ryan Reynolds and Kerry Washington and members of the United States Congress such as Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker from New Jersey.
Solidarity rallies have also taken place across the country in recent weeks ahead of a possible national strike.