Just when COVID-19 helped us develop a newfound appreciation for – if not an outright dependence on – small- and big-screen entertainment, an industry strike may cause production to grind to a halt. note: 베놈 2 다시보기
Unionized workers in charge of rigging lights, styling hair, making sets and just about everything else non-acting related voted recently to authorize a strike. And on Wednesday, the organization announced that if ongoing talks with the producers’ union do not yield an agreement soon, workers will stop doing their jobs come Monday.
At issue are better working conditions, say leaders of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. An overwhelming majority of union workers voted yes to strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. note: 듄 다시보기
IATSE president Matthew Loeb said in a statement Wednesday that the union will continue bargaining with the producers this week in the hopes of reaching an agreement that addresses core issues, such as reasonable rest periods, meal breaks, and a living wage for those on the bottom of the wage scale. note: 애프터 3 다시보기
“However, the pace of bargaining doesn’t reflect any sense of urgency,” Loeb said. “Without an end date, we could keep talking forever. Our members deserve to have their basic needs addressed now.”
Many stars have been steadfast in their support of the strike. Actor Bradley Whitford wrote on Twitter Wednesday that “Hollywood seems totally unaware that @IATSE was forced by AMPTP’s intransigence and greed to authorize a strike that could start on Monday. No one in AMPTP would put up with the working conditions they inflict on the people who make our industry possible. No one. #iStandWithIATSE.” note: 분노의 질주 9 다시보기
Members of the crew union have been vocal on social media about the need for producers to pay more attention to the lives of those working behind the scenes.
“How am I supposed to have a family while working 12+ hours a day (even longer when you add commuting)?” wrote would-be striker Kirsten Thorson on Instagram. “I love my job in the film industry but the industry doesn’t love me back.” note: 이터널스 다시보기
There are hints that some showrunners and directors are already heeding the complaints of crews.
On the Instagram account IATSE Stories, where members can post comments anonymously, one person wrote that “the director on the show I’m on follows this page and after reading how the crew gets treated, has made it a POINT to wrap before we hit 10hrs everyday, not even 12.” note: 고장난 론 다시보기
Top actors have come out in support of the strike in past weeks, knowing that their jobs wouldn’t exist without the armies behind them. And most are themselves part of their own union, the Screen Actors Guild.
“I just spent 9 months working with an incredibly hard working crew of film makers through very challenging conditions,” Ben Stiller wrote on Twitter. “Totally support them in fighting for better conditions.” note: 아네트 다시보기
But supporting Hollywood crews does not mean all productions would stop. First, there are a number of union contracts that are still in effect for another year, such as the one covering pay services such as HBO. note: 007 노 타임 투 다이 다시보기
The contract that expired several months ago and led to this negotiation stalemate is focused in part on streaming services such as Netflix, who were issued more generous terms because the future of such services wasn’t known back when the ink dried on theatrical alliance’s New Media deal in 2009. South of Heaven