More Locals Reach Deals on Craft-Specific Issues

Two more Locals of Hollywood’s major crew union have reached tentative agreements on their craft-specific issues with studios and streamers, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

IATSE Local 80 struck a provisional deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents major Hollywood companies in bargaining, on Thursday night. Local 80 represents grips, craft services, first aid employees, warehouse workers and others in the industry. On Wednesday, IATSE Local 706 reached a tentative deal with the AMPTP covering issues related to its make-up artists and hair stylists members.

The Motion Picture Editors Guild (IATSE Local 700) has been negotiating its Local-specific agreement since March 21. The talks have been extended two times and are set to restart on Monday. “We made significant progress, but there were still several complicated proposals that require a great deal of consideration,” the guild’s national executive director Cathy Repola stated in a message to members. “Our committee decided it is in the best interest of our membership that we not rush through the process.”

THR has reached out to the AMPTP for comment.

Next week, IATSE Local 728, Local 871 and Local 892 are also set to begin their Local-specific negotiations. Earlier in the week, Local 695 — representing production sound crew members, video engineers and projectionists — reached a tentative deal with the AMPTP, while previously the International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600), the Art Directors Guild (Local 800) and the union covering motion picture set painters and sign writers (Local 729) also made tentative agreements with the AMPTP.

The lengthy process of negotiations between studios and streamers and IATSE began on March 4, when the union and the Hollywood Basic Crafts coalition consisting of other labor groups began bargaining over their health and pension benefits. Since March 18, various IATSE Locals have been negotiating their craft-specific issues in a stretch of the process that is expected to last until April 26. The union is set to return to general negotiations for its 13 West Coast Locals, covering issues like wages and working conditions that span across these groups, as early as May.

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