Big Hollywood delays on horizon as strike action threatened! The International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees,(ITATSE) called on Monday for a strike authorization vote. If this comes to a head, it would be the biggest Hollywood labor shutdown since the writer’s strike 14 years ago. This means that potentially up to 60k ITATSE members could walk off the job. The majority of these members are based in LA which serves as home to so many productions. However this strike could easily become National and cause a shutdown from coast to coast.
As reported by Variety,
IATSE has never gone on strike before, and a strike authorization vote does not mean that a strike will happen this time. But it does show that IATSE is being more aggressive about issues that have lingered over many past negotiations, including long workdays and lower rates for “new media,” without getting resolved.
IATSE negotiators are seeking greater accommodation for rest breaks and longer turnaround times between production hours. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers — which represents the major studios, including Netflix and Amazon — has refused to make concessions that would shorten the workday, which would significantly raise the studios’ costs.
The strike authorization vote is expected to begin on Oct. 1, with results announced on Oct. 4. If approved, IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb would have the power to call a strike if further negotiations fail to produce an agreement.
Of course there are many more factors and details and for comprehensive coverage you can check the source article from Variety in the link at their name. From LRM‘s point of view, how could this affect the genre’s we cover on a daily basis. The answer, a lot. On today’s edition of The Cantina, published later today, Kyle, Shockey and myself talk about the potential impact this strike could have, and that’s just from a Star Wars perspective. Disney and the other studios will be well aware of what is potentially on the horizon here. On The Cantina Shockey said he’s heard that plans are already being changed, and that Ashoka may not film as quick as Disney once had hoped.
It’s also easy to see how this will effect everything from Disney, WB, Paramount and the rest. In other words, if this does go to a strike, we could be looking at delays on the level of the COVID Pandemic’s early stages. That’s something no one needs. However, it also makes sense as the perfect time for the members of ITATSE to fight for better conditions. The money making machine doesn’t happen without them after all.
‘Dark times lie ahead Harry!’ Let’s hope this can all get resolved to satisfaction sooner rather than later. However we might need to prepare for some big Hollywood delays in our future. Thoughts below.