Union reaches deal with sports channel, calls off strike

The Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the Pac-12 Network have resolved their dispute over broadcast technicians and IATSE has called off its strike against the network.

The below-the-line union notified members Tuesday that it had reached an agreement to begin working out a deal. It had planned to set up a strike line outside the basketball game at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.

IATSE had announced on Dec. 8 that it had labeled the network an “unfair” employer for using non-union labor or a combination of non-union and covered labor side by side on the same job. It then picketed a dozen Pac-12 games during the past two weekends in support of unionizing broadcast technicians.

IATSE said that it had withdrawn the “unfair” letter issued by IATSE president Matthew Loeb and that all members were now free to return to work for the Pac 12 after the network agreed to discuss all issues.

“We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship working with Pac 12 Network to become a success,” said Sandra England, director of IATSE’s broadcast department.

Pac 12 Network spokesman Kirk Reynolds said that the strike had ended following a “cordial conversation” with IATSE on Tuesday.

“As a showing of good faith, we have agreed to continue that conversation after the holidays, and IATSE has agreed to cease its strike, picketing and related activities,” he said. “We will now focus on televising the games and events we deliver to our fans without interruption or interference.”

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