This morning it was announced that IATSE members had voted By a huge margin – 98% – to authorize their leadership to take a nationwide call strike Against film and TV productions. The response online was swift and almost unanimous vote of support.
Alyssa Milano posted, “I support the members of IATSE” [sic] in their demands for more humane working conditions.
âThe vote passed with 98% support and 90% turnout. Tells you everything,” observed Jeffrey Wright.
Rosie O’Donnell praised crew members for their dedication and offered their support: “To come first – To go last – I support good faith talks – I support #IATSE”
SAG Treasurer Jolie Fischer posted the story to Deadline without comment. Francis Fisher of Subscription wrote, “Congratulations!”
The Animation Guild, which had previously expressed support for IATSE, posted the following: “Congratulations to our #IATSE kin on this powerful show of #IAsolidarity! We stand together and support their efforts for #Fairdeal !”
Actor Anthony Rapp said: “This vote is a powerful message that enough is enough.”
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer said, “I hope #AMPTP Works perfect and then sits down. They are not asking for anything unreasonable.”
US Representative Jimmy Gomez, who represents the Downtown LA area in Congress, wrote: “As a former union organizer who stood on the picket line with @IATSE activists in previous attacks, I clearly and wholeheartedly I stand with #IATSE.
Clinton’s former Labor Secretary Robert Reich put the vote in historical perspective. “This is the largest private sector strike in the US in 10+ years, and the first in the industry’s 128-year history,” wrote Reich, before calling it “a landmark moment for the labor movement.”
â Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) 4 October 2021
â Jolie Fisher (@MsJoelyFisher) 4 October 2021
by a nearly unanimous margin, @IATSE Members nationwide vote to authorize TV and film production #strike – #IATSE#isolidarity #IATSESolidarity
Congratulations!!!!#strike authority https://t.co/W9sN66nGFX
â Francis Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) 4 October 2021
â Hilary Burton Morgan (@HillarieBurton) 4 October 2021
â Animation Guild (@animationguild) 4 October 2021
As a former union organizer who stood on the picket line @IATSE workers in the past strikes, I stand with you clearly and wholeheartedly #IATSE Members – who voted to strike for safer working conditions – today and every day!#IASolidarity #UnionStrong https://t.co/og9DEZ3SNq
â Jimmy Gomez (@JimmyGomezCA) 4 October 2021
Our #IATSE Brothers and sisters have spoken. they will be #strike For better working conditions. I hope #AMPTP Works perfect and then sits down. They are not asking for anything unreasonable. #IATSESSolidarity
â Octavia Spencer (@octaviaspenser) 4 October 2021
98.68 percent @IATSE Members have just voted to authorize a nationwide strike for fair pay, adequate rest and leave.
It is the largest private sector strike in the US in 10+ years, and the first in the industry’s 128-year history.
milestone for labor movement
â Robert Reich (@RBReich) 4 October 2021
I stand with my comrades @IATSE. It is now up to the studios and producers who are in talks with them to bring about a meaningful change in their working conditions. The overwhelming sense of unity conveyed in this vote is a powerful message that enough is enough. https://t.co/fEeKq4IhyE
â Anthony Rapp SAG-AFTRA National & NY Board Member (@albinokid) 4 October 2021
Crew are the lifeblood of our industry, not easily replaceable cattle. They deserve the opportunity to prosper with sleep, secure conditions and a living wage. New media is not new. i stand by #IATSE. pic.twitter.com/PG8g3C4YL7
â C Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) 4 October 2021
â Kyle McVey (@rocket_kyle) 4 October 2021
As an actor on a show that had several 16-hour days, who almost twice died sleeping on the road on his way home – I support IATSE in their strike.
â Ann Mahoney (@ANNIEMOHO) October 1, 2021
â Michael A. MacRae (@Michael_MacRae) 4 October 2021
â Amy Doodleston, ACE (@phantomframe) 4 October 2021
â Michael Sloane (@MichaelSloane) 4 October 2021