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As you are no doubt aware, the WGA has received strike authorization from their membership as part of their ongoing contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Their contract expires at the end of the day on May 1, 2023. This means that the leaders of the WGA could call a strike any time after midnight May 1st. Considering a potential work stoppage, we wanted to provide guidance to our members concerning their rights and obligations under the Collective Bargaining Agreements and the law.
- “Basic Agreement”
- The Basic Agreement does not expressly prohibit employees from honoring lawful picket lines. Therefore, employees working under the agreement retain their right to honor a lawful picket line but may be temporarily replaced.
- “Commercial Production Agreement”
- The Commercial Production Agreement does not expressly prohibit employees from honoring lawful picket lines. Therefore, employees working under the agreement retain their right to honor a lawful picket line but may be temporarily replaced.
- “Low Budget Theatrical Agreement”
- Under the Low Budget Theatrical Agreement, employees are expressly permitted to honor any lawful picket line.
- “Pay Television Agreement”
- During the last round of negotiations for the Pay Television Agreement, the pay television companies agreed to adopt the working conditions in the IATSE’s Basic Agreement. Therefore, employees working under the agreement retain their right to honor a lawful picket line but may be temporarily replaced.
- “Videotape Electronics Supplemental Agreement”
- The Videotape Agreement does not expressly prohibit employees from honoring lawful picket lines. Therefore, employees working under the agreement retain their right to honor a lawful picket line. but may be temporarily replaced.
- Under existing law, employers have a legal right to temporarily replace any employee who refuses to cross a picket line with employees who are willing to work. However, employers may not discharge employees for honoring a picket line except for compelling business reasons separate and apart from the employee’s decision to honor the picket line.
As a Union Leader I am prohibited by our Collective Bargaining Agreement from telling our members not to work. What I can communicate is that by law every employee can make their own personal decision about crossing a picket line. Personally, I have NEVER crossed a picket line.
In summary, unless prohibited by contract, employees have a legal right to honor a lawful picket line. None of the contracts discussed above expressly prohibit IATSE-represented employees from doing so. Employers are generally prohibited from terminating employees exercising their legal right to honor a picket line. However, employers may temporarily replace such workers with employees who are willing to cross the line and work.
Together we remain strong
Dejon Ellis Jr.
IATSE Local 80 was honored to host a panel discussion about the potential impacts of Artificial Intelligence on the film industry.
The response was incredible, and we welcomed over 300 guests at our stage and via Zoom from all motion picture crafts, including many IATSE members from across the US and Canada, British film workers and members of the DGA, WGA, SAG-AFTRA and Teamsters 399.
The panel was organized and moderated by Local 80 Executive Board member Philip Collins and our esteemed panelists were WGA board director, negotiator and screenwriter John August, Filmaker, WGA member, SAG-AFTRA member and SAG-AFTRA AI Advisor Justine Bateman and the co-founder of the Concept Art Association Rachel Meinerding.
We were delighted to receive additional assistance from industry partners Quixote, Chapman Leonard, Keslow Camera and SGPS Showrig.
Local 80 is proud to be a leader in bringing conversations and education to our members and the wider film community.
Many great ideas have been brought forward from our members during Town Hall meetings, and now we are happy to announce the fruition of one such idea. Local 80 is now offering a Mutual Aid Pantry for our membership! Located in the lobby of Local 80, this space is a simple and effective means for members to donate safe-to-eat non-perishable food, toiletries, and other basic necessities. These items are available for any member in need to collect and alleviate food insecurity and grocery expenses for themselves and their families.
WHERE: 2520 W. Olive Avenue 2nd Floor , Burbank 91505
HOURS AVAILABLE: Monday – Friday (except Holidays) 9am – 5pm
Examples of food items and sundries: Canned goods, sealed snacks, pre-packaged food items, peanut butter, pasta, rice, beans, toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, hygiene products
Please do NOT donate: Unsealed leftovers, expired food, baked goods, damaged packaged food, anything requiring refrigeration, any glass products
Questions / Feedback
Sam Conklin – [email protected]
Terri Freedman – [email protected]
Attention All Local 80 Members!
Local 80 holds our General Membership Meetings on the first Sunday of every month (9 months out of the year). November 5th is our next scheduled meeting. This will be held in-person at our Local 80 Soundstage AND over ZOOM. Please review our new ZOOM protocols below and come participate in this process from anywhere in the world!
WHERE: 2520 W. Olive Avenue, Burbank CA 91505
WHEN: November 5th at 10AM Pacific Standard (United States and Canada)
We will also be swearing-in new members (IN PERSON ONLY) with our President, Dana Baker. Being sworn into the union is mandated by our Constitution, and is every member’s responsibility to complete their initiation into Local 80. If you have not been sworn-in, please contact our accounting department and let them know that you would like to attend our next meeting.
All members are encouraged to attend the General Membership Meeting and participate in the democratic process. This will ensure that everybody’s voice is heard and representation remains strong. IN SOLIDARITY!!
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