IATSE Has a Deal – But Many Members Aren’t Satisfied by the Early Details

Union leaders will have to convince a skeptical rank-and-file

IATSE has averted the first Hollywood strike in its history by reaching a deal with Hollywood film and TV producers on Saturday less than two days before the union’s deadline. But while full details of the agreement are still to come, many rank-and-file members have expressed early skepticism and disappointment at what they have heard so far about the deal.

On both social media and in conversations with TheWrap, several below-the-line Hollywood workers in IATSE said they are not pleased with working condition issues like lunch breaks and turnarounds detailed in the memo sent out on Saturday night announcing the three-year deal. On the IA_Stories Instagram page, where IATSE members have shared stories of poor working conditions on Hollywood sets ahead of the negotiations, a post of the memo was filled with negative comments threatening a “no” vote on ratification.

The early reactions show how emotions have run high among Hollywood’s workers, who have grown frustrated with grueling working conditions and low pay and voted almost unanimously last month to authorize a strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

Now that a strike has been averted, IATSE President Matthew Loeb and union leadership will need to assure members that the terms that were won are indeed a significant victory — including a 3% increase in scale wages, “dramatic rate increases for nearly all streaming productions” and a guaranteed living wage for the lowest paid IATSE positions like writers assistants and script coordinators. That process has already begun as some locals held their first meetings with members to discuss the deal on Sunday afternoon.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster