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Entertainment unions respond to USTR, urge Russia & China to protect and enforce copyrights
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
IATSE joined the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) in two letters to United States Trade Representative (USTR), Robert Lighthizer urging him to take additional action to secure copyright compliance.
BlackJack Film Crew Stands Together, Walks Off Set
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Members of the crew reported deteriorating conditions, with one crewmember saying there were “daily concerns about safety with interior and exterior sets in unsafe neighborhoods, and crew house living conditions started to feel defeating.”
CA Governor Signs Bill Protecting Motion Picture and TV Workers
Friday, September 6, 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA — California Governor Gavin Newsom late yesterday signed into law SB 271 (Wiener), a bill co-sponsored by the California IATSE Council (CIC) and the Entertainment Union Coalition (EUC). Set to go into law January 2020, SB 271 will ensure full access to Unemployment Insurance (UI), State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits for California resident entertainment industry workers who work on productions that take them to other states.
Electric Jesus Film Crew Wins Union Contract
Thursday, August 22, 2019
COLUMBUS, GA — The crew on the feature length motion picture Electric Jesus joined together and used their collective strength to obtain a Collective Bargaining Agreement prior to the start of filming. Through this contract, not only were we able to secure benefits back to date of hire and a 12 hour guarantee when cameras began to roll, but some crew members experienced a 70% pay increase on their hourly rate.
Casting the Net LLC Unfairly Fires Film Crew for Seeking to Unionize, Crew Pickets
Sunday, August 11, 2019
In the early hours of Sunday, August 11th, the crew of Casting the Net picketed outside of The Gentleman’s Club in Los Angeles, where the production was filming. The protest follows management’s unfair and unlawful decision to fire and replace the entire crew when the workers wanted to unionize. The IATSE filed unfair labor practice charges with the NLRB on Thursday, August 8th.
ABAS and IATSE Announce Strategic Alliance
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
As a demonstration of mutual solidarity, the Art Babbitt Appreciation Society (ABAS) and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) have formalized a strategic alliance in efforts to unionize animation workers in Canada.

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