IATSE’s Michael Miller On What It Will Take For New 3-Year Labor Deal: Strike Talk Podcast

After taking the temperature on how labor talks were going with Teamsters’ Lindsay Dougherty, Deadline Strike Talk podcast co-hosts Billy Ray and Todd Garner get into things this week with Mike Miller, the VP and Director of Motion Pictures for IATSE.

Miller sounds some encouraging notes here. Acknowledging that his members and everyone else has been beaten up by the six-month shutdown of last year coming on the heels of the pandemic, he has found those on the other side of the table to be putting across a better vibe than in past negotiations. He believes his membership is concerned with job security and stability, as well as economic and physical health. But he makes it clear that that is no sign of weakness. IATSE members have no shortage of resolve toward getting a fair deal.

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As was anticipated, all 13 West Coast Studio Locals (44, 80, 600, 695, 705, 706, 729, 800, 700, 728, 844, 871 and 892) have now reached tentative agreements with the AMPTP. The next step will be the long-scheduled Basic Agreement General Negotiations beginning Monday and running to May 16. Negotiations for the Area Standards Agreement (ASA) will kick off May 20 and go to May 31.

While anything can happen in crunch time, the decided change of demeanor in early talks from what we heard last year gives some hope new labor deals can be made without another labor stoppage many will not be able to survive.

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