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Hollywood celebrities rally on social media behind IATSE strike action

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A number of Hollywood celebrities have taken to social media this week to show solidarity with the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees ahead of the strike vote.

Discussions between the IATSE and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have broken down as production support workers seek improved meals and rest periods, longer shifts between production days, and improved rates on streaming projects. While crew members shared their support for a possible strike, actors including Mindy Calling, Seth Rosen, Sarah Paulson and SAG-Eftra president Fran Dresser shared all the posts using #IASolidarity.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin show their support in strike action by posing in T-shirts. The tweet, shared by IATSE Local 600, said, “Icon, forever and ever. I stand by ফIATSE at #IASolidarity with Zenfonda and ily Lily Tomlin. #IAVoteYes.”

Oscar-winning actress Anna Pacquiao shared a link to an online petition urging her followers to sign the form in solidarity. “Their lives depend on it,” Pacquiao wrote. The petition called on the Motion Picture and Television Producers Alliance (AMPTP) to “make a fair deal with IATSE film and television workers by resolving serious issues.” So far, about 50,000 signatures have been collected.

Another actress and producer has shared her voice with Kerry Washington. He writes, “There are so many talented people who make our favorite movies and TV shows! You may not see them on screen but they are magic makers and glue that holds any set together. I urge #IATSE to listen to them. And I stand with my brothers and sisters in this strike #IASolidarity.

Similarly, actress Rachel Ziegler posted shortly after the release of the new “West Side Story” trailer. Ziegler, who played Maria in the film, wrote, “If you enjoy our trailer for West Side Story, you know that the beauty of our film will not be possible without the tireless work of our incredible crew. The crew works harder than anyone in the business and deserves the best treatment. #IASolidarity #IALivingWage. “

The long-term range between health plan funding, pension plans, breaks, production hours and discounts to shorten working days are among the topics that IATSE seeks for union members.

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