As Bargaining Begins, IATSE Presents Pension and Health Plan Proposals

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Hollywood Basic Crafts unions commenced negotiations on Monday with the focus on pension and health issues. This move came after a large rally held on Sunday, where union leaders warned of potential labor unrest if an agreement is not reached by the July 31 contract deadline.

The discussions began at 2 p.m., with a substantial number of crew unions present to negotiate with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which represents major studios. Both sides opted for a media blackout, signaling their desire to keep the specifics of their proposals confidential.

The IATSE joined forces with Teamsters Local 399 and other Basic Crafts unions to address issues related to the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans. They are expected to request a new streaming residual to increase employer contributions to the pension and health plans, a provision they sought in 2021 but were unable to secure.

The pension and health plans are facing significant financial challenges due to last year’s industry shutdown resulting from strikes. Ongoing talks will continue throughout the week as both sides work towards reaching an agreement that will benefit both parties involved. The bargaining process is anticipated to be lengthy, with a focus on the Basic Agreement affecting 13 West Coast locals after pension and health discussions. In late April, attention will shift to the Area Standards Agreement impacting other locals across the country, and Teamsters Local 399 will address their separate issues in June. The unions have committed not to extend the contracts beyond the expiration date.

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