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.
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 puts any set together. I am requesting #IATSE Listen to them. And I am with my brothers and sisters on this strike #IAS Solidarity
– Kerry Washington (KerryWashington) September 22, 2021
#IAS Solidarity We all need to sign this. Their lives depend on them. https://t.co/tI3uvZugPz
– Anna Paquin (n Annapakin) September 24, 2021
– Gabrielle Cartris (GTheGabrielle_C) September 22, 2021
Our movies and films literally wouldn’t exist without our crew, and our crew deserves better. pic.twitter.com/hFMCmWzUVT
– Seth Rosen (eth Sethrogen) September 22, 2021
I stand with you – IATSE This is https://t.co/9d9fLL6s7w
– Sarah Paulson (Miss Sarah Paulson) September 21, 2021
– IATSE Local 600 (G ICGLocal600) September 21, 2021
Stands with one hundred percent solidarity – IATSE Please learn about the fights of the most basic important people in movie / TV who run the whole machine. Without them we are and we have nothing. https://t.co/t3Jbre9xtD
– জামিলা জামিল 🌈 (ame জামেলাজামিল) September 21, 2021
The film’s crew works harder than most people imagine outside of Biz. $$ Uninterrupted long hours under pressure to get it right and done right now. Not giving me – IATSE Colleagues down which drove me to a set. Matriculate that ball under the field. 100% with them. https://t.co/db6abZDxWh
– Jeffrey Wright (jfreewright) September 21, 2021
– Danny Divito (an Danny Divito) September 24, 2021
Crew is the backbone of our industry. In the first, the last is the end. They are in safe condition and deserving of the health care they deserve. I stand with you – IATSE.
– Mindy Kaling (indmindykaling) September 23, 2021
I have worked for 9 months with the incredibly hard working crew of filmmakers through very challenging conditions. Support them fully in the fight for better conditions.#IATSE
– Ben Steeler (edRedHourBen) September 22, 2021
I stand with you – IATSE! None of the movies or TV you choose will be possible without members of the IATSE Union – people deserve plenty of time for living wages and rest. Many people are being treated unfairly for making the content of your choice possible. #IAS Solidarity https://t.co/2rhHvfEzdz
– icknickkroll September 23, 2021
Standing inside # Solidarity w / My on-set friends and colleagues – IATSE. Entertainment content only happens when our staff is awesome. #IALivingWage #IAS Solidarity https://t.co/9I5lBTFnnF 1st 2 Arrivals / Last 2 Holidays!
– Fran Dresser September 22, 2021
I just made a signature atiatse Application: Ask AMPTP to give fair contracts to film and television workers! Will you join me Sign up here: https://t.co/SW2gFQEO6s
– Mike Flanagan (Lan Flanaganfilm) September 23, 2021