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IATSE Signs Area Standards Agreement with Majors

January 4, 1999 - IATSE President Thomas C. Short announced that the IATSE has reached a 3-year pact covering wages, conditions and benefits for production in 13 Southeastern States for an Area Standards Agreement.  The 13 Southeastern States include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Virginia.

This Agreement was the first of its kind with the major production studios and applied to all motion picture and television production produced by the signatory companies in the 13 states.  “This type of agreement,” said Short, “is consistent with the union’s policy of entering into broad-based contracts which provide long term stability and prevent competition among our locals.”