IATSE voted ‘Yes’ today, authorizing a strike. The authorization gives the power to President Matthew Loeb the ability to call a strike for 60,000 members. 90% of members came out to vote, and the strike won with 98%.
Some of the issues being negotiated are “streaming compensation, benefits, and work hours.” The call for change was sparked by lighting tech Ben Gottlieb who created an Instagram account called IATSE Stories. The account shared some of the stories from fellow union members.
We still have a ways to go before an immediate strike. But today’s authorization puts Hollywood one step closer to a stoppage.