West Coast IATSE Ratifies 3-Year Deal With Producers

The West Coast members of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Employees — Hollywood’s key below-the-line union — have ratified a three-year successor deal to the union’s master contract with producers.

The deal covers 13 local unions representing over 43,000 IATSE members. Negotiators reached the tentative agreement in April with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which serves as the negotiating arm for Hollywood producers.

The union disclosed no numeric details of the successor deal, which is retroactive to July 31, other than saying it provides annual wage and pension increases; no cuts or increased costs to the participants of the health plan; and “substantial improvements” in working conditions for new media productions.

“The new contract represents significant gains and continued security for the welfare and livelihood of the members it covers,” said IATSE international president Matthew D. Loeb.

The deal is believed to be along the same lines as the agreements negotiated last year by SAG-AFTRA, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America with a 3% annual wage hike and 0.5% increase in contributions to the pension and health fund, according to sources close to the talks.

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