Political strain is mounting on the AMPTP to barter a good take care of IATSE. In the previous two days, greater than 200 state and federal Democratic lawmakers have signed letters to AMPTP president Carol Lombardini, urging her to discount pretty and avert a labor stoppage through the pandemic. The union’s members began voting for strike authorization on Friday, and outcomes might be introduced Monday.
Fifty California state senators and Assembly members, together with the legislature’s prime leaders, despatched Lombardini a letter at this time urging the AMPTP to barter “collaboratively and in good faith” with the union. Signers embody State Senate President professional Tempore Toni Atkins; Speaker Anthony Rendon; Senate Labor Committee Chair Dave Cortese; Assembly Labor Committee Chair Ash Kalra; Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, and Assembly Member Autumn Burke.
“AMPTP’s unwillingness to reasonably or responsibly respond to these and other important issues has reportedly created a deadlock and compelled IATSE to call a nationwide strike authorization vote on October 1, 2021,” the legislators wrote (learn the total letter here and beneath). “A strike would dramatically disrupt the industry, the economy, and the communities we represent. We are hopeful that both sides can negotiate in good faith and reach a consensus agreement, which necessitates both parties continuing to participate in ongoing negotiations.”
“The key issues in this negotiation, as we’ve come to understand them, are about worker dignity and basic human necessities. We are unified in our belief in the importance of living wages, sustainable benefits, and reasonable rest periods between shifts and during the workday,” the letter says. “We ask that the AMPTP negotiate collaboratively with these workers to reach a fair contract and address the basic human needs that will allow them to do their jobs safely and with dignity.”
The letter was signed by senators Atkins, Allen, Becker, Caballero, Cortese, Durazo, L. Gonzalez, Hertzberg, Hueso, Laird, Leyva, Min, Newman, Portantino, Rubio, Skinner, Stern, Umberg, and Wiener; and by Assembly Members Rendon, Aguiar Curry, Bennett, Berman, Bloom, Boerner Horvath, Bonta, Burke, Calderon, Carrillo, Cervantes, Chiu, Friedman, C Garcia, Gabriel, Gonzalez, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Lee, Levine, McCarty, Nazarian, O’Donnell, Quirk-Silva, L Rivas, R Rivas, Rubio, Santiago, Ward and Wicks.
Their letter is much like one despatched to Lombardini earlier at this time by 33 state legislators in New York, and accommodates similar passages concerning the “AMPTP’s unwillingness to reasonably or responsibly respond to these and other important issues has reportedly created a deadlock. …” (Read that letter in full here.)
On Thursday, greater than 100 Democrats within the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives sent Lombardini an almost identical letter. The AMPTP has but to reply publicly.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) posted her own video in help of IATSE earlier at this time.
This is the letter despatched at this time by the California legislators:
Dear Ms. Lombardini:
California is residence to essentially the most vibrant leisure trade on the earth. We are all pleased with the unbelievable productions made in California and the Legislature has labored arduous to incentivize bringing work residence. Our state’s funding helped to revive this trade and we’re blissful to see that manufacturing is booming.
On behalf of our constituents, who work in, rely on, and profit from the work on this trade, we urge you to barter truthful successor contracts with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).
The women and men of IATSE, together with manufacturing and division coordinators, writers’ assistants, cinematographers, costumers, grips, script supervisors, technicians, designers, and different important below-the-line staff, are the spine of this trade. Their arduous work, ability and dedication helps to create the magic of Hollywood.
These staff have risked their well being and security for the previous yr, working by the Covid-19 pandemic to make sure the movement image and tv trade remained intact. Production has now returned to pre-pandemic ranges, due in no small half to the important function these staff play within the inventive course of. The leisure you collectively produce helps to heal our nation.
The key points on this negotiation, as we perceive them, are about employee dignity and fundamental human requirements. We are unified in our perception within the significance of dwelling wages, sustainable advantages, and affordable relaxation durations between shifts and through the workday.
AMPTP’s unwillingness to fairly or responsibly reply to those and different necessary points has reportedly created a impasse and compelled IATSE to name a nationwide strike authorization vote on October 1, 2021. A strike would dramatically disrupt the trade, the economic system, and the communities we symbolize. We are hopeful that either side can negotiate in good religion and attain a consensus settlement, which necessitates each events persevering with to take part in ongoing negotiations.
The robust labor-management partnership within the leisure trade has been important to its success. It has additionally been key to the power of all of the unions and employers to reply when confronted with troublesome points that influence the trade as evidenced by the distinctive COVID security protocols that had been collectively agreed to and put in place in 2020. We urge the AMPTP to acknowledge the sacrifices made by staff on this trade, to barter in good religion, and to achieve a good contract to deal with the core problems with well being and security, affordable workhours, and truthful pay.
Behind each nice movie and tv present is a hardworking crew. Let’s work collectively to maintain this trade thriving and guarantee truthful remedy for our expert craftspeople and crew.
cc. Melissa Patack, Vice President, State Government Affairs, Motion Picture Association
California IATSE Council