Members divided as IATSE Contract Comes Up for Vote: 'A lot of people are disappointed&"
Charley Gilleran has had a 30-year career as he walked from superheroes like Iron Man to the No Country for Old Men. This weekend, if the union ratifies the new contract, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
The agreement, announced on Oct. 16 averted what would have been the first national strike in the union's 128-year history. Many members are against it, but Gilleran is voting on it because it protects the health and pension plans while providing re-stress on weekends.
I feel we negotiated in good faith, and we cant keep going back and change our minds, said he. My team negotiating did the best they could because of the circumstances.
Maeve Gilleran, who was born in the 1970s, has decided to vote no. She joined the union this year and thinks the negotiators should have done more to curtail brutally long hours on set.
I have seen it affect my life a lot with my dad seeing him work the hours he works, she said. At the time when I'm at home, I have to be home and I cant get to work. It is terribly hard.
The contract is just like an unsustainable status quo, in which days are 16 hours, making it impossible to work outside of work.
The results will be announced on Monday. The union represents approximately 60,000 film and television workers across the country including hair stylists, set dressers, editors, boom operators. Ballots will go out on Friday morning, and will return by 8 o'clock on Sunday.
Many members feel that their leaders failed to capitalize on the strike threat, and hope that rejecting the agreement will force the leadership to seek greater concessions.
Those who have the desire to become a member of this industry are tainted. We revved everybody up and willing to put it on the line, said DeJon Ellis Jr., Managing director of IATSE Local 80. "It's part of the great awakening of american workers. They see the profits they make in this sector and our members feel they deserve more."
The union leadership has vowed that any shortcomings in the agreement can be addressed in a forthcoming round in 2024. The leadership says it will not be possible to end the negotiations in any way, but the union is not able to put the same balance as the other two countries. In spite of the failure to ratify, the obscene party has warned that the next round of negotiations will only weaken the Union and benefit the employers. A no vote would bring the talks back to square one, and it would be
The motion picture editors Guild said voting no is one of the few ways to express disapproval of Matt Loeb, the international president who led the bargaining committee. No one can vote no and say this is unacceptable said Marta Evry, a member of The Motion Picture Editors' Guild. He said that voting "no" is not merely nonsense, but he's not just blatant, is it not, when?
I would recommend if I didn't get it right away. Rachel Widaman said she had been swayed from a hard no after meeting, but needed more information.
A lot of people are disappointed with what we ended up getting in this, she said.
The mood for the strike has shifted from late September to late August. Workers were vocal and unrelenting to the move, and now the fervor has evaporated. And while many members are vocally opposed to ratification on social media, others express support.
The deal protects the health and pension plans, says Michael Piotrowski, a veteran sound mixer. He says he's going to vote against the 10-hour "turnaround" the time off between shifts.
I think they reached an agreement, something we could all work with and build for the future.
Jim Plannette, an 81-year-old gaffer (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Oceans Eleven), said he was torn about the vote, saying that rejecting the deal could easily lead to a work stoppage that would last through the holidays. A strike would not only end paychecks but also in most of the country, workers wouldnt get unemployment.
I don't like the new contract, he said, but I'm not sure that this is the time for a strike.
Plannettes father worked as a gaffer, and said he often tells young people about the pay that the industry takes on families.
I was once away for 26 weeks on a job. It was rotten, Plannette said. You miss very many important things: you are out of town, you work, your birthdays, graduations etc.
Scott Browner, a camera operator in Local 600, said he was inclining towards voting yes. He was willing to strike, and if despite the fact that productions stopped breaking for meals, his mood was relieved, but threw out - screams on the other side, which repaid the 2007-08 strike cost him much income.
The younger people are much more militantly wanting to vote no, he said. They weren't around in the writers' strike, which was pretty rough.
Both Ivan Migel and his son, Owen, are local 80. They are undecided.
I'm torn between the two. I am clinging to the fright of a smidge of Independence Day and Spider-Man in obscene scenes.... I don't know if it's time to get everybody to walk out again.
Owen Migel said he feels almost the same.
I didn't know that, so I waited for a few years to decide on that. I still didnt think it was true.