The IATSE and the Alliance of Film and Television Producers’ leadership today entered their fourth week of negotiations for a new film and television contract covering the union’s 13 production locals on the West Coast, having already made substantial progress on diversity issues.
However, sledding was more difficult economically. One of the main issues in the talks is funding for the movie industry’s pension and health plan, which was approaching “critical” status before the pandemic. The union has proposed new sources of funding through residual flows and an increase in employer contributions, while companies want greater cost sharing by the workers themselves. A source said the two sides were far apart in this area last week.
Little progress was also reported ahead of today’s bargaining session on wages, sick leave, rest periods and new media – all of which would cost companies more money.
Negotiations take place both in person and virtually.