IATSE Sets Strike Date for 60,000 Film and Television Workers

Negotiations to prevent a strike that could bring the film and television production business to its knees are down to the wire.

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees International President Matthew Loeb announced Wednesday that unless an agreement is reached, 60,000 union members will begin a nationwide strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Monday, October 18 at 12:01 a.m.

Loeb said the union will continue bargaining with the producers this week in the hopes of reaching an agreement that addresses core issues, such as reasonable rest periods, meal breaks, and a living wage for those on the bottom of the wage scale.

“However, the pace of bargaining doesn’t reflect any sense of urgency,” Loeb said. “Without an end date, we could keep talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs addressed now.”

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