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Overwhelming Ratification Vote by IATSE Members Seals First-time Contract with Fox Sports International

IATSE Organizes Fox Sports Net North

IA’s Master Control Operations Supervisors, Tape Operators, Technical Directors and Associate Directors now answer the call “Let’s Go to the Video Tape” at Fox Sports

Employees of the Master Control Operations Unit of Fox Sports International voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first collective bargaining agreement with Fox Sports International on August 10, 2005 announced IATSE International President Thomas C. Short.

The contract is a first for the approximately 50-member unit of which broadcasts international sporting events and had been successfully organized by the IATSE this past October 2004. The term of the agreement is June 1, 2005 to May 31, 2008.

Provisions of the contract, which was negotiated by International Vice President Michael F. Miller, Jr. and Special Representative Ronald G. Kutak, include substantial increases in wages and improved working conditions as well as new benefit provisions for daily hires and maintained health and pension benefits for staff employees.

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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.

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