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Film workers may shut down studios across the U.S. for better conditions
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September 24, 2021
 

Hey Shift Workers,

American film and television workers, who are members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, are preparing for a possible historic strike which could shut down studios across the country. Studios affected would include Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Netflix, Apple and Amazon. The strike vote begins October 1.

Issues include unsafe and harmful working hours, unlivable wages for lowest paid workers, lack of breaks and rest time between shifts, and lower wages on “new media” streaming projects.

While the strike would not include members of IATSE Canada, Variety reports that, in case of a strike, some U.S. productions may try to move to Canada. However, IATSE Canada has expressed support for the strike, so studios expecting Canadian IATSE workers to scab may be disappointed.

- Emily

 
 
 
 
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