WGA East, SAG-AFTRA DGA release supporting statement for IATSE


The Writers Guild of America East, SAG-AFTRA, The Directors Guild of America, and The International Brotherhood of Teamsters are standing in solidarity with IATSE in its efforts to reach a new film and TV contract with the AMPTP Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

“On behalf of our hundreds of thousands of members working across film and television, we stand in solidarity with our IATSE. brothers, sisters and kin. The basic quality of life and living wage rights they’re fighting for in their negotiations are the issues that impact all of us who work on sets and productions.  

We stand with the IATSE

Lesli Linka Glatter
DGA President

Russell Hollander
DGA National Executive Director

Fran Drescher
SAG-AFTRA President

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland
SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director

James P. Hoffa
International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President

Michael Winship
WGAE President

Lowell Peterson
WGAE Executive Director”

As our sister outlet Reel Chicago reported, IATSE members are mobilizing in preparation of a nationwide strike as they meet a stalemate after months of contract negotiations with producers.

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The IATSE strike vote may happen as early as October 3 which will impact the many shows currently in production. The key points of concern are the health and safety of crew, and appropriate wages to compensate work provided. This includes what is still referred to as “New Media” streaming projects that have grown to rival major blockbuster film production.

IATSE represents more than 150,000 entertainment workers in the U.S. and Canada, with 13 locals on the West Coast representing positions such as editors, cinematographers, hair and makeup artists, production designers and costumers among many others.