IATSE: Voting Begins to Authorize Historic Strike https://t.co/m4cEloXR9B— Variety (@Variety) October 1, 2021
60,000+ members of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees have begun voting to authorize its first ever strike. Results are expected Monday, with "Yes" very likely to receive a majority.
While "Yes" will not automatically result in a strike, it would allow IATSE negotiators to seek reopening talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. A strike would be called if producers don't come back to the table, etc.
Nearly all TV and film production would be shut down if a strike occurs. Work on commercials, low-budget films, and productions for HBO, Showtime, BET, and Starz would continue as they all fall under different contracts that haven't expired.
The union is looking for fixes on long hours with very little break time, higher pay, streaming residuals, and more stable health/pension plans. The major Hollywood unions like SAG-AFTRA, DGA, WGA, and the Teamsters have shown their support. 118 members of Congress also signed a letter of support written by California's Senator Alex Padilla and Rep Adam Schiff.