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New Low Budget Theatrical Agreement

Pursuant to its strategy going into the negotiations, the Union was able to gain contract language and assurances improving on quality of life issues.  Among other things the contract provides a cap of fifteen hours on a production day or triple times the scale rate applies.  This is an incentive for production companies to manage their production time in a manner that observes the safety of the crew.

Careful to design the tiers in the Low Budget Agreement so as not to undermine IATSE majors’ agreements, the parties did agree to new budget tiers.  The result reflects the economic realities in the independent production world.  Increases were gained in both wages and benefits, consistent with industry practices.  New Media provisions were added to the agreement.  Several jurisdiction issues were resolved to clarify the existing IATSE jurisdiction.  

The parties agreed that the production companies remain primarily responsible in the event of a payroll company bankruptcy, and the contract now provides that the no-strike provisions do not apply if a producer materially breaches the contract by failing to pay the crew wages and fails to immediately cure the breach.  The new Low Budget Theatrical Agreement, including the Canadian Supplement, is a good contract and provides many improvements for members working in that area of production.   The four-year contract will commence on January 1, 2010 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2013.