IATSE Members Vote to Authorize National TV and Film Production Strike

With 98% of approval, the strike would only be stopped by a better work conditions deal.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced today the results of an almost unanimous vote from its union members in favor of a nationwide strike. This is the first time in the 128 years of existence of the IATSE that a nationwide strike has been approved, and the support of 98% of the voters is a clear indication that 60 thousand members who work in television and film production will keep pushing for better work conditions.

Negotiations between the IATSE and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have been going for months, in a historical demand for basic working conditions. It’s a well-known fact that people who work in film and television productions don’t usually have set hours, often skip meal breaks, are forced to work on weekends and holidays, and don’t even have adequate salaries at the lowest-paid positions.

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