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Hollywood strike averted

First union strike in 128 years is avoided after US union reaches agreement with studios.

Hollywood (and indeed the wider USA) has avoided a strike by members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

A new three-year contract has been reached with the AMPTP avoiding the 12:01am Monday deadline.

“The IATSE & Hollywood 13 Locals achieved a tentative agreement w/ AMPTP,” the union told members on Saturday afternoon. “Strike averted!”

The deal includes 10-hour “turnaround” times between shifts, 54-hour weekend turnarounds, and 3% wage increases for each of the next three years. It also includes increased meal penalties, improved wages and working conditions for streaming productions, and a “living wage” for the lowest-paid workers.

“This is a Hollywood ending,” IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb said in a statement. “Our members stood firm. They’re tough and united… We went toe to toe with some of the richest and most powerful entertainment and tech companies in the world, and we have now reached an agreement with the AMPTP that meets our members’ needs.”

The contract must still be ratified by the membership, but it appears that the union will not be calling the first nationwide strike in its 128-year history.

Source: Variety

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