IA votes to ratify new pact

Hollywood’s craft unions shouted a resounding “Yea” to its new contract with producers Tuesday, ratifying the newly negotiated pact with all 216 delegate votes.

The Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees actually garnered some 83% of the 10 ,000-plus votes from union members, but the Electoral College-like divisions within the union allowed for unanimous delegate ratification of the contract.

“The vote shows the confidence that membership had in theIATSE leadership in both the president and the business agents in securing future work,” said Harry Floyd, West Coast chief of the IATSE.

Now, the pact only awaits confirmation from the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and a signing sit-down with IATSE prexy Al DiTolla and AMPTP honcho Nicholas Counter before it becomes official.

One IATSE source said that could happen as early as next week.

DiTolla and Counter, who led their respective negotiating teams, hammered out the contract after two months of hard-fought debate.

In the end both sides claimed victory. The AMPTP said it received the necessary concessions for side-letter agreements on one-hour TV episodes, telepix and low-budget features.

The IA, meanwhile, took heart with a revitalized health and pension plan, a solid wage package, the promise of more jobs and a commitment from the producers to study the controversial Article 20 of the contract.

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