IATSE’s Area Standards Locals Pen Joint Letter as ASA Negotiations Begin

The following joint letter was distributed to members and signed by elected officers of IATSE’s 23 Area Standards Locals:

Dear members,
Today, the 23 Area Standards Agreement Locals begin negotiations with the AMPTP in Los Angeles, with the ASA Bargaining Committee presenting an initial package of members’ demands.

For nearly a year, we have surveyed and listened to you, our members, and worked with our Local bargaining committees to define your priorities. Partnering with the International bargaining team, we’ve crafted formal proposals that reflect your feedback. Over the next two weeks, our goal is to enhance the working conditions and economic standards of every member working under the Area Standards Agreement.

Our proposals include:

  • Significant wage increases
  • Uniform benefit rate for all jurisdictions with significant increases
  • Protections against AI
  • Improving rest periods and increasing penalties
  • Overtime improvements
  • Additional holidays
  • Revising and/or eliminating specific sideletters
  • Sick leave enhancements.
  • Improved safety and specialized work provisions

Our goal is to build on the foundation we started three years ago by continuing to improve working conditions in the ASA. We are committed to securing substantial contributions into the National Benefit Funds to replenish the fund’s reserves and your individual CAPP accounts to pay for your health insurance. We are also deeply aware of our members’ desire to improve annuity and pension contributions to help secure your future retirement.

Together, we are stronger. We remain united and committed to securing a tentative agreement that all 23 Locals will be pleased to ratify. We will continue to keep you updated throughout this process.

In solidarity,

  • Joseph Miller, Business Agent Local 38
  • Simonette Berry, Business Agent Local 478
  • Melissa Purcell, Business Agent Local 488
  • Gordon Hayman, Business Manager Local 493
  • Robert Morales, Business Representative Local 122
  • Mike Akins, Business Agent Local 479
  • Sierra Robinson, Business Agent Local 488
  • Luis Neftaly Nieves, Business Agent Local 494
  • Cynthia O’Rourke, Business Agent Local 161
  • Bryan Evans, Business Representative Local 480
  • Mike (Bubba) Matesic, Business Agent Local 489
  • Irish Barber, Business Agent Local 665
  • James Butler, Business Agent Local 209
  • Chris O’Donnell, Business Manager Local 481
  • Kellie Larson, Business Agent Local 490
  • Apple Thorne, Business Representative Local 720
  • Pam Boyd, Recording Secretary Local 336
  • Laura King, Business Manager Local 484
  • Darla McGlamery, Business Agent Local 491
  • Rosemarie Levy, Business Representative Local 798
  • Jimmy Roberts, Business Manager Local 477
  • David O’Ferrall, Business Agent Local 487
  • Peter Kurland, Business Agent Local 492
  • Carl Mulert, National Business Agent USA829

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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 170,000 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.

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