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IATSE union strike and the movie/TV industry shutdown, explained

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On Oct. 4, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the labor organization that represents a majority of the non-creative workers in Hollywood, announced the results of its vote for a strike authorization. IATSE (pronounced “eye-yahtzee”) has been in a prolonged and arduous negotiation period for a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) since the summer over issues of work hours and fair compensation.

To move from negotiations to a strike, IATSE needed the approval of its members. These votes are often controversial; workers might prefer the status quo than the risk of a strike. But among the local IATSE chapters, representing 60,000 members, the vote results were…



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