IATSE Settles Labor Dispute With AFI

AFI workers have reached an agreement for wage, benefit and condition improvements

IATSE, one of Hollywood's largest unions, has called off the dogs in its dispute with the American Film Institute and an agreement has been struck, the union said on Wednesday.

The guild had called for a boycott of AFI events because, it said, the institute was conducting anti-organizing activities at its Silver Spring, Maryland facility. 

"As a result of talks between the IATSE and executives at the American Film Institute, the AFI management at its Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland negotiated an agreement with the union to represent the theater’s front of house employees," the union announce. 

The workers at the venue had signed cards authorizing the union to bargain on their behalf.   IATSE President Matthew Loeb threatened action at the site of the AFI Fest in Los Angeles if the matter remained unresolved. 

An agreement providing significant wage, benefit and condition improvements was reached on Nov. 4, 2009. 

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC  (IATSE) is one of the largest entertainment labor unions in the world and represents over 110,000 technicians, artisans and craftspeople employed in stagecraft, motion picture and television production, the trade show industry, and affiliated crafts throughout the United States, Its Territories and Canada.