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    SAG-AFTRA Leaders Back IATSE; Call On Companies To Adopt “A More Conscious Capitalism”

    in view of IATSEIn the historic strike authority vote, SAG-AFTRA leaders are calling on Hollywood employers to listen to their workers’ grievances and adopt “a more conscious capitalism.”

    “The results of the IATSE strike authority vote are a resounding call for fairness, dignity and respect at work,” said the president of SAG-AFTRA. fran drescher and national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland said in a joint statement. “IATSE frustrations with employers must be heard and producers must adapt to more conscious capitalism. Profit at the expense of things of real value like respect, honor and appreciation has no place in contemporary times. 160,000 members of SAG-AFTRA Standing with IATSE at every step.”

    IATSE members overwhelmingly approve strike authority; AMPTP says it is “committed to reaching an agreement”

    “Conscious Capitalism” is a phrase Drescher has used before.

    IATSE members, in a forceful display of union solidarity, voted more than 98% in favor of giving its president, Matthew Loeb, the right to strike if he and AMPTP president Carol Lombardini cannot strike a fair deal. They are due to resume bargaining on Tuesday for the first time in more than two months.

    Many IATSE members and their supporters have presented the union’s fight for basic human rights as one: for lunch breaks; proper rest; Secure pension and health benefits; And significant pay increases for the lowest-paid among them, some of whom make only a few dollars an hour more than the minimum wage. The union also wants a substantial portion of the revenue from streaming shows for its members.

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