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Crew of “Chimera” Win IATSE Contract After Two-Day Strike

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FITCHBURG, MA — The crew of the ultra-low budget feature “Chimera” celebrated the Memorial Day holiday by striking for and winning an IATSE contract.

After being contacted by an IATSE representative, the company agreed to discuss a contract to cover “Chimera.” There was concern that the company was actively seeking to replace members of the crew, and they indeed did fire three employees with the hopes of avoiding a union agreement.

The IATSE filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against the company and, after a lunchtime crew meeting with the IATSE and local union business agents, the entire group of IATSE-covered employees elected to go on strike.

After production was shut down for two days, the parties reached an agreement and a settlement of the Unfair Labor Practice charges.

The overall deal provides more than $75,000 in benefits to the crew and provides pay for those union activists who were discharged over their support of the union and organizing efforts.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

For more information please contact:
General: comms@iatse.net
Press: press@iatse.net

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