If you`ve been following the news lately, you might have heard about the IATSE strike agreement. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is a union that represents workers in the entertainment industry, including stagehands, camera operators, and costume designers. In recent months, these workers have been negotiating for better working conditions and compensation, with the possibility of a strike looming.
However, just this week, the IATSE announced that they had reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents the major studios and production companies. The agreement has yet to be ratified by the union membership, but it`s a promising development that could avert a potentially devastating strike.
So, what`s in the agreement? Here are some key points:
– Wage increases: The agreement includes annual wage increases of 3% for the next three years, which is higher than the 2.5% increase proposed by the AMPTP earlier in negotiations.
– Increased rest periods: One of the major issues for IATSE members was the lack of rest periods during long workdays on set. The new agreement includes provisions for more rest periods and meal breaks, which will hopefully improve safety and health for workers.
– Health and safety improvements: The agreement also includes new safety protocols for productions, such as COVID-19 testing and compliance with public health guidelines. Additionally, the agreement establishes a committee to examine and address workplace harassment and discrimination, which has been a major concern in the industry.
– Improved benefits: The agreement includes improved benefits for IATSE members, including a higher employer contribution to health and pension plans.
Overall, this tentative agreement is a positive step for IATSE members and the entertainment industry as a whole. If ratified by union members, it could avert a devastating strike that would have disrupted productions across the country. It`s also a reminder of the importance of unions and collective bargaining in ensuring fair treatment and compensation for workers. Let`s hope that this agreement is approved and that it serves as a model for future negotiations in the entertainment industry.