For the past few weeks, Hollywood Studios including Disney have been in negotiations with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) to improve workers rights.  IATSE had given the studios a deadline of Sunday to reach an agreement, otherwise, over 40,000 members of the union include cinematographers, camera operators, set designers, carpenters, hair and makeup artists, animators and many other workers were going to go on strike from Monday.

The strike would have forced Disney to have stopped production on many new projects including the third season of “The Mandalorian” and Marvel’s “Secret Invasion”, plus it might have delayed other films and series in post-production.  Following all the delays caused by the pandemic, nobody wanted the strike to go ahead.

Thankfully, the strike will not be taking place as IATSE has reached a tentative three-year agreement that addresses core issues, including reasonable rest periods; meal breaks; a living wage for those on the bottom of the pay scale; and significant increases in compensation to be paid by new-media companies.


Here’s what IATSE has been able to obtain from studios for the strike to be averted:

  • Achievement of a living wage for the lowest-paid earners
  • Improved wages and working conditions for streaming
  • Retroactive wage Increases of 3 percentannually
  • Increased meal period penalties
  • Daily rest periods of 10 hours without exclusions
  • Weekend rest periods of 54 hours
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Holiday added to schedule
  • Adoption of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives  

Mike Miller Vice President and Motion Picture Director for IATSE said in a statement:


“Our members will see significant improvements, but our employers also will benefit. This settlement allows pre-production, production and post-production to continue without interruption. Workers should have improved morale andbe more alert. Health and safety standards have been upgraded.  Like non-union, freelance workers, many of our highly-skilled members go to work at different times, for different employers, at different locations.  The difference is, our people have healthcare and retirement benefits, can negotiate for better wages and conditions, and have a voice and power because they work together through their union.”

Disney’s General Entertainment Content Chairman Peter Rice has been heavily involved in negotiations to make sure the strike didn’t take place.

IATSE exec Mike Miller said:

“Our members will see significant improvements, but our employers also will benefit. This settlement allows pre-production, production and post-production to continue without interruption. Workers should have improved morale and be more alert. Health and safety standards have been upgraded.”

With the deal now completed, business will carry on as usual, with the production of films and series continuing as planned.


 











Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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