A correction was made to this article on Mar. 9, 2006.
New Regency’s “Jumper” has shifted production from Montreal to Toronto to avoid a dispute between rival film technicians unions in the Canadian province of Quebec.
The Alliance Quebecoise des Techniciens de l’Image et du Son (AQTIS), the province’s main film technicians union, and the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees argued about which union should rep employees on the pic, helmed by Doug Liman and based on Steven Gould’s novel about a teleporting teenager.
Each union blames the other for the film’s loss.
AQTIS interim prexy Celine Daignault said IATSE told distributor 20th Century Fox and the producers that “there would be labor unrest if they came to Quebec with an AQTIS contract.”
John Lewis, IATSE’s director of Canadian affairs, said his union promised in writing not to disrupt any production shooting in Quebec, and he alleges the labor uncertainty comes from AQTIS’ unwillingness to let IATSE into the province.
IATSE recently began representing Quebec film technicians and has signed up 800 in the past year, most of whom are also members of AQTIS.
Daignault admits her union has had problems recently but counters that the Quebec Law on the Status of the Artist gives her union exclusive rights to represent many of the province’s technicians.