On Sunday, the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographers Guild unanimously agreed to support IATSE’s nationwide strike vote and encouraged its members to vote “yes” in a new video. The move was made at a meeting convened by ICG national president John Lindley.
Lindley said in a statement: “The elected leaders of the local OF00 today spoke with one voice on behalf of the thousands of their members who have come together to seek a fair deal from the employers who have moved away from the negotiating table.” Diversity.
In a recent video released by the ICG, Rebecca Raine, Associate National Executive Director, told Guild members: “The most important thing is that we send a strong message to employers that we are united and have a lot of support.”
In the video, the Cinematographers Guild calls on its members to support a vote to approve the IATSE strike, which is scheduled for 1 Oct-1 Oct. Calling for a “yes” vote in support of the strike, Lindley said: “We still want to tackle it. That is our goal. And the best way to get a deal is to get a strong strike approval vote. If we get it, we can avoid the strike.”
Rhine reminded members that approving a strike does not mean there is a strike. He said their goal was to find an agreement that could be approved and recommended.
About 60,000 IATSE members may leave their jobs, most of them based in Los Angeles. If the strike comes, TV and film production across the country will stop, because among the locals are 60,000, and00 and –00 – “national” unions. Local 600, the largest of the locals, represents 9,600 camera operators and cinematographers in the United States. If they go out, no one will be able to hold a set of cameras in the United States.
The Guild distributed a letter to the AMPTP with the signatures of Chico Versace, James Laxton, Roger Dickens, Rodrigo Prieto and Emanuel Chivo Lubezki.
In addition, a joint union statement from DGA, SAG-Eftra, International Union of Teamsters and Writers Guild of America East said, “On behalf of our thousands of members working across film and television, we express our solidarity. And relatives. The basic quality of life and the right to life that they are fighting for in their discussions are the issues that affect all of us who work in sets and productions. We are with IATSE. “
The letter was signed by DGA President Leslie Linka Glater; Russell Hollander, DGA National Executive Director; Fran Dresser, SAG-Eftra President; Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director; James P. Michael Winship, WGAE President; And Lowell Peterson, WGAE Executive Director.
IATSE negotiators are looking for larger accommodation for longer extension periods between break breaks and production times. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers – which represents major studios including Netflix and Amazon – has refused to offer discounts that would shorten working days, which would significantly increase studio costs.
If approved, IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb has the power to call a strike if further talks fail to reach an agreement.
Watch the video below.