IATSE Officials Call Alliance Offer a “Nothingburger” as Strike Looks More Likely


We wanted to give you a quick update on what’s happening with the IATSE strike. 

After IATSE members announced on Monday that 89% of IATSE’s 59,000 members voted by a 98.68% margin to strike, the Alliance for Motion Picture and Television Producers returned with a new offer for the union. 

However, one IATSE official told Variety that the new proposal was a giant “nothingburger.” Both sides remain at the bargaining table and are working around the clock to see if a deal is possible.

Industry insiders on both sides think that if a deal is not reached this week, a strike could be imminent. 

“The ball is in their court,” IATSE President Matthew Loeb told Variety. “If they want to avoid a strike, they will return to the bargaining table and make us a reasonable offer.” 

If a deal isn’t reached, Loeb has the authority from the union to call a strike vote at any time. 

We’ll keep you updated on any news that might develop in the coming days as Payday prepares to cover this potential landmark strike. 

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Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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