Negotiations between the West Coast IATSE Local and Motion Picture and Television Producers Alliance over a new master film and TV deal have passed the September 10 deadline as union members have become more vocal about the possibility of a strike.
There has been little progress since the resumption of talks between the Union and the AMPTP on 1 Aug.
The original agreement was due to expire on July 311, but was extended to September 10 to allow further negotiations. Locals on Union’s 1st West Coast have claimed that AMPTP, which represents the main studio and network association that dominates Hollywood, refuses to make additional concessions on wages, working rules and other issues.
Discussions are underway under the media blackout. IATSE representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An AMPTP representative declined to comment.
Costume designer Charles Antoinette Jones wrote on Instagram, “I want a better time, I want a better salary, I want a better life.” “We shouldn’t do so much and barely be able to pay our bills.”
Photographer MJ Schilling also shared that he supported the strike. “As we approach the end of negotiations with AMPTP, I feel the need to stand with my brothers, sisters and relatives and show support,” Schilling wrote. It is essential that we take a stand against the growing inequality of our wages in the face of unhealthy and physically / mentally toxic working conditions as well as the growing economic climate. As much as I sincerely want to reach an agreement, I will be proud and firm if our strike is called.
The union, which represents more than 1.5 million workers across one of Hollywood’s local locales, is also urging its members to deal with the long hours that crew members have to face during production while preparing for possible job closures. Mitchell Travers, the costume designer for “The Ice of Tammy Faye,” echoed Jones’s sentiments in a social media post. “We love our work but deserve a more balanced life,” he wrote.