Talks on a new IATSE deal will resume after talks between the two sides end on Saturday without any agreement.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees – which represents 1,000,000 film and TV production workers across the country – has threatened to strike if they fail to reach an agreement. In a message to members on Friday, International President Matthew de Loeb sought to reassure those who believe the talks have dragged on for too long, saying they should be resolved on “not a week”.
Kathy Repola, National Executive Director of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, advised members on Saturday night that discussions would continue and that negotiators would “continue to be firm on priority issues.”
“We continue to negotiate in the best interests of all IATSE members in the country until it becomes clear that we cannot reach an agreement,” Repola wrote. “It simply came to our notice then when we were preparing for the shutdown. We will meet again on Monday and then update you. ”
Another trading agent told members Friday that it is important to give enough time to bargain in good faith as required by labor law. Membership is watching the discussions closely, and some have become impatient with the pace of the discussions. Membership voted overwhelmingly with 99 percent support to approve the strike if necessary.
The West Coast IATSE unions are holding a sign-making event on Sunday afternoon at the headquarters of Hollywood’s International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600 and Motion Picture Editors Guild. A separate event will be held at the Village 44, local 44, at the head office of the affiliated property artisans.
Unions are seeking discounts on long working days, including weekend rest periods, long shift times and increased food penalties. The Motion Picture and Television Producers Alliance is bargaining on behalf of the studios.