Los Angeles (CBSLA) – In a move that could have a massive impact, the union, which represents tens of thousands of Hollywood entertainment industry crew members, is one step closer to a strike.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which 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, announced on Monday that it will be moving with a Forward strike approval vote.
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The IATSE has been negotiating for several months with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group that represents all major film and television companies.
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Two of the biggest sticking points were pay and more rest between work shifts.
The IATSE says the AMPTP has declined to respond to the latest offer and is now demanding approval from its members to strike if an agreement is not reached.
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According to the Los Angeles Times, approximately 43,000 workers in 13 local residents are affected by negotiations for a new contract. The vote requires 75% approval.
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