Some folks might be aware of the writers’ strikes in the past, however, something just as impactful to the production of film and television is looming.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Hollywood’s major below the line union is on the cusp of a strike that could take place on Oct. 18 at 12:01 a.m. and lead to major stoppage on multiple film and television projects if they can’t reach a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
The unions are seeking a 10-hour turnaround between shifts for all workers, as well as a 54-hour turnaround on weekends. They are also seeking increased meal penalties, as a way to force productions to stop for lunch, and an end to discounted rates for streaming services.
IATSE has a membership that consists 60,000 and the strike authorization vote passed with 98.7% support back on October 4 (thanks to a huge online campaign to vote yes on strike authorization).
The two sides returned to the bargaining table on Oct. 5, a day after IATSE announced the results of a strike authorization vote. The vote passed overwhelmingly with 98.7% support and 90% turnout.
This situation could be resolved before a strike is triggered, however, if not, this could be devastating to the entertainment industry if a strike goes past weeks/months.