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    IATSE Making “Progress” At Bargaining Table To Avert A Strike, But Deal Is “Not There Yet”

    IATSE And this AMPTP Making progress at the bargaining table, but both sides still have a way to avoid strike threat on monday. “We have made progress,” a union source said. “Yesterday was a great day, but we’re not there yet either way.”

    In the event of a strike, the union states that all of its members “will be expected to take part in picketing or other strike activities. This will include studio publicists, story analysts, production and assistant production coordinators and other cover staff working in offices or on their own.” working outside the homes.

    The union also said that if it goes on strike, its members and non-members crossing the dharna border will have to face the consequences. “If you itch, you risk membership. Non-members who become members of this great alliance are at risk. Members who have knowledge of Scab’s work should report it immediately. If you find that there are stalled works, please notify your local immediately.”

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    In its latest update, IATSE has asked and answered 18 frequently asked questions (view them in PDF format) Here)

    1. Now that the strike date has been set, what happens next?

    President Loeb has announced that the strike will begin on Monday, October 18th at 12:01 pm PDT if we do not reach an agreement by then. Please check your email in the morning before reporting to work to confirm the strike call. You should expect to report to the picket line in the studio or where you are working when the strike begins. If you’re working in a practical location or on a stage that isn’t on a studio lot, contact your local and we’ll tell you where to report. Do not enter the workplace – stay outside on the picket line or, if there is no line, go to one of the staging locations. Make sure your contact information with your local one is up to date so we can reach you if anything changes.

    2. Now that the strike date has been set, what happens next?

    President Loeb has announced that the strike will begin on Monday, October 18th at 12:01 pm PDT if we do not reach an agreement by then. Please check your email in the morning before reporting to work to confirm the strike call. You should expect to report to the picket line in the studio or where you are working when the strike begins. If you’re working in a practical location or on a stage that isn’t on a studio lot, contact your local and we’ll tell you where to report. Do not enter the workplace – stay outside on the picket line or, if there is no line, go to one of the staging locations. Make sure your contact information with your local one is up to date so we can reach you if anything changes.

    3. I have heard that if we go on strike, some members may continue to work but others will not. is it true?

    The strike will affect all of us, but some contracts will remain in force and will not be subject to dispute. These include sports broadcasting, low budget theatricals, pay television (HBO, Showtime, Starz), commercial agreements, music video production agreements, and certain independent agreements. Most of our work is not produced under those contracts. Pay television agreements only include products produced by pay cable companies for display on their pay cable channels. Their productions for streaming services are covered under the original agreement. You should check with the local about any work before continuing or accepting a new job. If there is a concern about whether your contract prevents you from honoring the picket line, please call your IA representative. We are coordinating closely about what has not worked, and will contact some of the members who are not required to strike in the event of a strike.

    4. In the event of a strike, can a member who is working under an unexpired contract choose not to work or cross the picket line?

    Generally, yes. All workers have a personal right to respect a valid picket line. This is commonly known as a sympathy strike. However, you can be disciplined or replaced and you do not have some of the same rights as a member who left work at a striking show as part of the strike. You have to follow your conscience. Some collective bargaining agreements may prohibit sympathetic attacks. Please contact your local if you are concerned about whether your contract prevents you from honoring the picket line. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION (INSERT LINK TO IA DOCUMENT)

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    5. Can I do non-federal work during the strike?

    Blocked jobs transferred to non-federal employers remain subject to strike. All members are required to be called to their jobs prior to work. This requirement will be enforced. We will continue our efforts to organize truly non-federal work.

    6. What happens if I am on the spot when the strike begins?

    Your employer is still legally required to make and pay for you and your equipment to return home. The employer is responsible for your accommodation and per day unless they arrange for you to leave the house. This is true whether you are operating in the United States or outside the country under the Agreement. You will need to take the return travel offer as they will not require you to continue with the accommodation if you decline the offer. If your employer refuses to take you home or you have a lease or other ongoing obligations that are necessary for your employment, contact your local (or agent) for guidance.
    If you are approached about being “caught” with payment of hold fees, this is inconsistent with being on strike and you should insist on being sent home.

    7. What should I do before the strike this week?

    You should collect your personal equipment and belongings (computer, iPad, printer, etc.) and take them home on your last day of work before the strike. Make sure your timecard is complete and current. Reconcile and submit all small cash, mileage forms or other outstanding reimbursable paperwork.

    8. Can I wrap my gear? What should I do with any personal equipment? Will I have the rental gear I need to wrap up?

    Yes, you can retrieve your personal equipment or equipment that has been sub-rented by you. You must plan to do so before leaving work on Friday, October 15th or at the end of your last day of employment on Monday, October 18th at 12:01 a.m. PT. Once the strike begins, you shouldn’t be wrapping any rental gear or other employer equipment because it’s just the part of your job that’s on the job. If you can’t get all of your equipment out before the strike begins, you should secure it in a suitable location, such as your trailer. Confirm with production that your equipment will be safe. Make sure you have a list and pictures of what you are leaving. If you need access to your equipment during a strike, contact your employer to make arrangements. You shouldn’t be expected to pay to collect your equipment – you’re on strike.

    9. What if I am working from home?

    If you have equipment provided by your employer at home, you should inform them that they should find a way to retrieve it.

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    10. Will I be expected to walk the picket line or support the strike in any way?

    Yes. Every member has to work for the strike to be successful. We will have arrangements for assignments for picket duty. Your local will contact you. If you are a Strike Captain, you will be assigned to pick up supplies and volunteer and oversee the day’s work. The dharna will be divided into three shifts of four (4) hours a day. More specific direction will be provided by your local before Monday. Supplies will be provided outside the Los Angeles area, at the regional offices of National Locals and/or at the offices of Studio Mechanics Locals in that area.

    11. What if a member crosses the picket line? What if a member continues to work on paused work?
    Those who cross the picket line and do our work for a striking employer are the scabies. Scabbing members will be in violation of the IATSE constitution and bye-laws and will be subject to discipline by their local and international. may impose local and/or international fines (including all amounts earned by the member during scabbing), issue public censure, suspend and/or expel scabs.

    12. What if a non-member crosses the picket line?

    If you scab, you risk membership. Non-members who risk becoming members of this great alliance. Members who are aware of scab work should report it immediately. If you become aware that stalled work is being carried out, please notify your local immediately.

    13. Can Employers Hire Replacements?

    Employers can try. We want no one to take over our work, because improving our working conditions will improve for members and non-members alike. It is unlikely that employers can replace the thousands of talented and skilled craftspeople across the United States.

    14. Do all of these rules apply to other workers covered under applicable agreements?

    Yes. All covered workers will have to stop all services if a strike is called, whether they are working individually or remotely. They will be expected to take part in dharnas or other strike activities. This will include studio publicists, story analysts, production and assistant production coordinators and other cover staff working out of offices or from their homes.

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    15. Can I submit unemployment while withholding services?

    This is largely a function of state law and nearly all states prohibit striking workers from collecting unemployment insurance. In California and every other state, as noted below, the answer is “no.” Striking workers in California are not eligible for unemployment benefits. Members working under the Basic Agreement or the Area Standard Agreement in New York State may apply for unemployment benefits no later than 14 days; After 30 days in New Jersey. In addition, members who are already collecting unemployment benefits may continue to be eligible to receive them. If employers enforce a lockdown, members may be eligible to apply for and receive unemployment benefits. If you have any questions regarding unemployment insurance, please refer them to your local counselor.

    16. Will our dues be reduced or waived off due to the strike?

    The elected leaders of each local will make this decision in compliance with their governing documents as they did during the pandemic.

    17. Is there an IA or a local strike fund?

    No, there is no IATSE strike fund, however, some locals may have support available for eligible members. While there may be some limited help for those most in need, you can expect to go without pay during a strike. You will not be prohibited from working outside the industry in a completely unrelated industry or sector.

    18. Will I lose my health insurance?

    MPI plans are structured so that participants can earn future benefits or bank hours with current work. Due to the different eligibility periods, you should check your MPI app for your specifics. Health care eligibility, however, is based on hours worked and bank hours – both of which will be affected at some point if you are not working for long periods. We should not expect employers to support any accommodation for trustee participants as they did during the COVID crisis.

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