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Will IATSE Shut Down Hollywood?

An IATSE leader talks to UCOMM about why his union is considering a nationwide strike

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Sep 30, 2021

Over the weekend of October 1-4, IATSE members from across the country who work on streaming programs, episodic television, and movies will vote on whether their union should authorize a strike.

As UCOMM Blog previously reported, IATSE members' contract with the major Hollywood studios expired earlier in September and the members are fed up with the low pay and long hours they are expected to work to produce the content that viewers love. This is especially true for streaming shows which have exploded during the last contract, while studios have been allowed to pay significantly less to the workers.

To explain why IATSE could strike, UCOMM reached out to C David Cottrill who is a business agent and Political/Legislative Coordinator for IATSE Local 488. His local works in the Pacific Northwest representing Studio Mechanics. He personally worked as a prop maker on the NBC series Grim.  Watch his interview below.

While the union is not yet asking people to boycott or cancel streaming subscriptions, they are asking everyone to sign their petition in support of the workers. You can also see some of the stories about what IATSE members are going through check out IA_Stories on Instagram.


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