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Hollywood Basic Agreement Negotiations

Photo caption: (Left to right) International Vice President John Ford, International President Short and international Trustee Thomas Cleary.

The Producer-IATSE Basic Agreement or “Hollywood Basic” was renegotiated. The new agreement is for a three year term commencing August 1, 2006. In addition to wage increases and other important gains in terms and conditions, the Union was able to bargain successfully for continuing benefit coverage. The Producers will continue to pay 100% of medical premiums, which is almost unheard of in the context of the current health care crisis. Incentives to further the members’ use of the excellent services provided by the Motion Picture Television Fund health system were incorporated into the agreement saving millions of dollars and preserving the best coverage possible.  The strategy of early bargaining was acknowledged by the producers’ spokesman when remarking at the opening session of negotiations that the Producers were prepared to spend money on the contract, and they did so in return for a stable industry, at least below the line.  The IATSE Local representatives on the negotiating team voted 54 to 1 in favor of recommending ratification of the contract.