LOS ANGELES, CA — Recently, four projects were successfully organized in one week, providing benefits for more than 150 members.
On a Monday, the crew on a 3-day industrial shoot for Microsoft got retroactively covered by an IATSE agreement. This occurred after production received a call from the IATSE, informing them that the IATSE would be seeking an agreement.
Jump to Wednesday, an indie feature halfway through production, shooting in downtown Los Angeles, was shut down when the crew went on strike. After a few hours of negotiations between the producer and the IATSE, the crew returned to work with benefits and working conditions retroactive to date of hire.
The next day, a strike hit a 2-day sporting goods commercial shooting an hour outside of Los Angeles after the IATSE and local union business representatives visited the crew on their lunch break.
To wrap up the week, a 1-day McDonald’s commercial was organized after a call to the production company. They are now signed to the Independent AICP Agreement.
All of these project started with an email or phone call to the union. The IATSE continues to urge members to send in call sheets when working on non-union productions so that organizing efforts may be initiated.