IATSE and administration’s AMPTP have agreed to push again subsequent week’s scheduled resumption of bargaining for a brand new movie and TV contract till mid-August to permit time for the producers and Hollywood’s unions to work out a brand new settlement on modifications to the trade’s Covid-19 return-to-work protocols.
Bargaining for a brand new IATSE contract, which broke off on June 11 after 4 weeks of talks, had been set to renew Tuesday however have now been tentatively rescheduled for August 17. The union’s present contract expires on July 31, so any deal that comes after that may be retroactive to that date.
Film & TV Industry’s Return-To-Work Protocols Extended Indefinitely
The trade’s return-to-work protocols had been set to expire on June 30, however have been prolonged indefinitely on Wednesday after the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and Hollywood’s manufacturing unions – IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, the DGA, the Teamsters and the Basic Crafts – agreed that they wanted extra time “to negotiate Covid-19 safety agreement modifications.”
The return-to-work protocols have been established in September in an settlement between the unions and Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. In a joint assertion this week, labor and administration stated that the “current agreement will remain in effect” till a brand new settlement is reached.
Rather than attempting to have interaction concurrently in its personal negotiations for a brand new contract and in multi-union talks for modifications to the return-to-work protocols, IATSE determined to postpone the contract talks till after an settlement has been reached on any new Covid-19 guidelines.
“As you know, we are continuing conversations on the return-to-work agreement,” IATSE native leaders instructed their members at this time by way of e-mail. “Our purpose is to maintain the most secure working situations and make sure the well-being of our members and their households. With the rising unfold of the Covid Delta variant, affecting even those that are totally vaccinated, we’re holding agency with our return-to-work situations and we don’t wish to compromise on our positions. The IATSE, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, Teamsters, and the Basic Crafts can be resuming return-to-work negotiations subsequent week.
“As a result, Basic Agreement negotiations will be postponed from next week until August,” they added. “Since we will be extended beyond the contract, we will be negotiating retroactive pay when we ratify; including retroactive benefits. All will be covered under a workable time frame for the extension. We have tentatively agreed to resume negotiations on August 17. In the meantime, we want to encourage you to keep yourself informed and engaged. We will update you as we continue to get more information.”
Leaders of the Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, despatched an identical message to their members:
“Due to the fast must conclude negotiations for an additional extension of the Return to Work (RTW) Protocols, the IATSE and the AMPTP have mutually agreed to increase the Basic Agreement and resume negotiations in August, somewhat than on July 6 as deliberate. The particular phrases of the extension of the Basic settlement are being labored out as we converse. We have tentatively agreed to renew bargaining on Tuesday, August 17.
“The ongoing negotiations over the RTW Protocols, which contain all the Guilds and Unions, at the moment are scheduled to proceed subsequent week. The RTW discussions should be concluded first, as that settlement expired on June 30, and the evolution of the Covid disaster requires cautious consideration with a view to maintain our trade thriving and our members wholesome. We can not place sufficient emphasis on the security and safety of our members and their households. The multi-union coalition, consisting of the IATSE, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, Teamsters, and the Basic Crafts, is unified in its dedication to take the time essential to get this proper, and all have agreed to renew the RTW negotiations subsequent week.
“Meanwhile, Local 600 will continue to use this time to talk to members, build support and capacity around our key issues and work in solidarity with the other locals to move our shared agenda forward. We urge our bargaining partners at the studios to make good use of the next six weeks to reflect on our proposals and come to the simple conclusion that fair wages that recognize the value our members bring, well-funded and sustainable benefits for our members and their families, and working conditions that promote safety and health, including meal breaks and rest periods – are both reasonable and long overdue. The craftspeople who make up the foundation of this industry deserve nothing less. Local 600 remains committed to achieving these goals.”
The delayed contract talks cowl IATSE’s 13 manufacturing locals in Hollywood, together with three with nationwide jurisdictions: Cinematographers Guild, Editors Guild Local 700 and Art Directors Guild Local 800. In a current joint assertion, leaders of the 13 locals stated that they “stand together in our fight for sustainable pension and health benefits, reasonable rest, improved working conditions, and livable wages. These basic worker rights are the cornerstone of the labor movement, and we all are committed to fighting for them in order to create a more humane and equitable workplace.”
Gains the union is in search of embody extra residuals from streaming exhibits; longer relaxation intervals; and elevated funding for the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plan, which had been approaching “critical status” earlier than the pandemic. Union leaders have stated that up to now, the talks had made “very little progress” on key financial points and that the 2 sides “remain far apart in the most important areas.”
On June 15, shortly after the negotiations recessed, the 13 native leaders stated in a joint assertion: “We continue to be told that the industry cannot change the way it does business. What we have learned over the last year is that our industry can put the economic welfare, health, and safety of workers first and continue to thrive. We stand in solidarity and remain committed to protecting the health and security of our members and their families.”