A last minute agreement was reached Saturday, avoiding a walkout of film and television crews that would have resulted in 60,000 behind-the-scenes employees walking off the job and halting operations in Hollywood and around the United States. After days of marathon bargaining, representatives from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the studios and entertainment companies that employ them reached a three-year contract agreement before a Monday strike deadline, averting a major setback for an industry that had only recently returned to work following long pandemic shutdowns.
“This is a Hollywood ending,” union president Matthew Loeb said. “Our members stood firm.”
The IATSE held a strike authorization vote earlier this month, following months of discussions with major Hollywood producers – represented by AMPTP, which 98.6% of its members approved. IATSE’s leaders now have authorization to implement a strike at any point if talks stall.
Off-screen workers, ranging from editors and set creators to make-up artists and grips, are seeking improved conditions, with many working longer hours to keep up with the demands of content-hungry streamers.
A new three-year deal is being sought to replace the previous agreement that started in 2018 and ran out in September.