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The studio response to the strike

The studio claimed that the Alliance withdrew from the Studio Basic Agreement because of their strike and because they did not first take a vote from members of affected locals. Thus, said the studios, they had every right to hire replacements.

IBEW members - called ‘chislers’ - were eager to rush in and take the jobs of their IATSE brothers.  Producers approached specific IATSE members with offers of two-year individual contracts without Alliance representation.  The IBEW also offered contracts to striking IA members for deserting the Alliance.

“It was a bad time to call a strike,” said one IA member, a sound editor in the studios.  Many of the strikebreakers were out of work for months.  Even if their consciences bothered them, they were too hungry to turn down work.  The IA members called out knew they could be permanently replaced.