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 who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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