“Very little progress” as IATSE film and television contract talks end until July 6 – deadline
After four weeks of negotiations, IATSE’s negotiations with management’s AMPTP for a new contract for film and television were broken off without any agreement and “very little progress” to reach one, said Friday union officials.
Talks began on May 17 and are not expected to resume until July 6. The contract, which covers the union’s 13 production locals on the west coast, does not expire until July 31, so there is still plenty of time to reach a deal.
Initially, the negotiations were to last only two weeks.
“Very little progress has been made since we resumed this Monday,” directors of the Filmmakers Guild, IATSE Local 600, said in a statement to members on Friday afternoon. “On Wednesday we didn’t even meet and today negotiations were completely suspended until early July. “
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“While we continue to pressure employers to come up with proposals that meet our priorities, we remain distant in the areas that matter most,” the guild leaders said, noting that throughout the pandemic , “We believe that 2020 has proven that employers can handle work safely, and our proposals on rest periods, meal breaks and Fridays are designed to finally tackle the hazardous working conditions that exist in our industry. .
Fraturdays are those long shoots that extend late into the night of Fridays and Saturdays. Many union members argue that the extremely long hours create unsafe working conditions.
Last week, IATSE leaders told their members that progress has been made on issues of diversity and inclusion, but pointed out that sledding has been more difficult on the economic side. One of the main issues in the talks is funding for the movie industry’s pension and health plan, which was approaching “critical” status before the pandemic. The union has proposed new sources of funding through residual flows and an increase in employer contributions, while companies want more cost-sharing by the workers themselves.
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“We know that a thriving industry can provide living wages and affordable benefits to the workers who generate its profits,” the Cinematographers Guild said in its letter, signed by President John Lindley, National Managing Director Rebecca Rhine and Director national general partner Chaïm Kantor.
IATSE executives also want to end some contractual concessions that have been given to “new media” producers over the years.
“We also know that ‘new’ media are no longer new and that the broadcast system has become the main source of audiences for our industry, so our agreements should reflect this development,” they said.
“It is high time to tackle these issues and we will continue to advocate for them throughout this process,” the leaders told their members. “Over the next few weeks, we will get our message out to members and ask for your support,” noting that “we urge employers to use this time to get serious. “