N.Y. Talks Go L.A.

IATSE Local 52 leaders quietly travelled to Hollywood last week to continue talks with studio negotiators. Local 52 prexy Walter Stocklin, veep Ray Fortune and IATSE veep Mike Proscia met several times with studio negotiating team, headed by Columbia’s Joel Grossman. Local 644, the other main holdout in the three-month old studio standoff, was not involved. Dialog between 52 and studios has improved markedly with the election of Stocklin – as evidenced by 52’s willingness to fly to Hollywood to keep talks moving. That doesn’t necessarily mean the union will agree on a way to ease overtime terms in exchange for sweeteners for the pension and welfare fund. Films like “Significant Other” and “Prelude To A Kiss” have already scrapped N.Y. filming plans and relocated. If a settlement isn’t reached soon, the summer season is in jeopardy. None of the parties were talking.

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