Los Angeles (CBSLA) – Voting is under way on a new major contract for thousands of union workers in the entertainment industry.
Members of the International Alliance of Theatralical Stage Employees vote on the proposed contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group that represents all major film and television companies.
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The vote lasts until Sunday evening.
IATSE represents Hollywood television and film workers such as cutters, cameramen, set designers, handles, electricians, make-up artists, and graphic artists in the United States and Canada. The IATSE has approximately 60,000 members, of whom an estimated 47,000 are based in the LA area.
After months of negotiations, the two sides reached a provisional settlement in mid-October, just two days before IATSE members quit their jobs in a historic strike that would have crippled Hollywood.
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The issues at stake included higher wages, better working conditions, stronger benefits and leftovers from streaming services.
The IATSE said the new agreement includes retrospective wage increases of 3% annually, daily rest periods of 10 hours with no exclusions, and the achievement of a living wage for the low-paid.
The vote also comes about three weeks after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ death on the New Mexico set of Rust, which sent shock waves through the industry and raised serious questions about safety and gun regulations on film and television sets.
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Some members have already said that they will vote no as the treaty does not provide for basic security measures.