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IATSE, “Biggest Loser” Reach Agreement

On Monday, November 8th, 2010 the production crew of “The Biggest Loser” voted to strike their employer in order to obtain recognition and a contract. “The Biggest Loser” is a hit reality program that is produced by Reveille and 3 Ball Productions and airs on NBC.

Production crew, members, officers and representatives of the West Coast Studio Locals, as well as the representatives and staff of the IA West Coast office manned the picket lines daily for the two week duration of the strike. The Los Angeles County and California State Labor Federations both sanctioned the strike and provided support, as did other entertainment industry unions, including AFTRA, SAG, DGA, WGA and Teamsters Local 399, who also secured an agreement.

On Friday, November 19th, President Loeb travelled to LA to join the striking workers on the picket lines.   Also, that morning the IA and the employer met in what turned out to be a marathon negotiating session that lasted until the early morning on the 20th. A tentative four - year agreement that is based upon the Videotape Supplemental Basic Agreement (Green book) and modified to address specific production issues unique to “The Biggest Loser” was reached late on Sunday night and the following morning, the crew ratified the agreement unanimously. Approximately 70 production and post-production technicians will be covered by this agreement.

The crew of “The Biggest Loser” demonstrated what can be accomplished when a crew of skilled technicians and artisans stand together for what they believe in, and stay together in the face of job loss, replacement workers and a recalcitrant employer. For the first time in 11 cycles, this crew will be under a union agreement that will provide health and pension benefits.