Historic Hollywood strike draws closer: “If there's too much…

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If no agreement on better working conditions and fairer wages is found by 11 a.m. Monday, Hollywood will be paralyzed. That has been announced by one of the most powerful unions in the film world. “About 60,000 film and TV employees are ready to step down.”

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Hairdressers, stylists, make-up artists, set builders, props, camera crews… According to the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees) union, a total of about 60,000 members are ready to leave work in Hollywood (from) Monday. Hundreds of film and TV productions in the United States and Canada would be affected. These include the ‘Succession’ and ‘Billions’ series and a sequel to the ‘Black panther’ film.

The union members are complaining that they have to “work themselves to death” and not get guaranteed rest and eating breaks since the TV and film industry has bounced back after the Covid pandemic. The union also promotes shorter working days and fair wages for members who work on streaming projects.

The union has been negotiating for some time with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), an association of studios, TV channels and streaming services. But they are not moving forward, according to IATSE chairman Matthew Loeb. “The pace of the negotiations does not really show a sense of urgency,” he said on Wednesday. “Without an end date, we could go on talking forever, but our members deserve to have their basic needs met now.”

With those words, Loeb announced that the strike would begin at 12:01 a.m. (local time) Monday — if no deal is reached by then. “We still have a few days left to reach a settlement,” the AMPTP said. “The studios will continue to negotiate in good faith in an effort to keep the industry going.”

IATSE does have one very important trump card. Of their 60,000 members, no less than 98 percent voted for a strike. If no deal is found, then Monday will be the biggest work stoppage in Hollywood since World War II.

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