(Bloomberg) -- The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees negotiated a new labor agreement with Hollywood studios covering 20,000 more workers, allowing for a vote by members on new contracts and averting a strike.
The three-year agreement covers film and television workers across the country, IATSE said in a statement Tuesday. The deal comes less than two weeks after the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios including Walt Disney Co. and Netflix Inc., agreed to similar terms for 40,000 members on the West Coast. The deals averted a potentially crippling strike in an industry that’s still bouncing back from the Covid-related shutdowns.
The proposed contracts still need to be approved by IATSE members. The votes on the agreements will be held simultaneously, though the date has not been set.
The union, which represents stagehands, camera operators, and other behind-the-scenes entertainment trades, has been fighting for higher pay and better working hours, such as breaks over weekends.
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