Hollywood’s propmakers local has overwhelmingly voted down ratification of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees’ Hollywood agreement, signaling significant dissatisfaction with the proposed pact for 35,000 below-the-line employees at 18 West Coast locals.
IATSE Local 44, which reps 5,700 members, announced Wednesday that the uncertified count showed 1,313 votes against the contract and 512 in favor. Its board had voted 10-8 against recommending the deal, citing increases in co-payments for prescription drugs, increases in out-of-pocket expense for non-network care and a co-pay provision for emergency room visits.
The “no” vote means Local 44’s entire bloc of 57 electoral votes — representing 15% of the 367 electoral votes — will be counted against ratification.
The pact is still expected to pass in spite of opposition from Local 44 and Local 600, which reps camera crews and also has 57 electoral votes. Leaders of the latter local, also known as the Intl. Cinematographers Guild, have unanimously recommended rejection, mostly due to the new pact’s elimination of a requirement that a camera operator be hired for union shoots.
No other IATSE local board recommended against ratification. Final vote totals may be announced as early as today.