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
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of retired United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he was once described as an "abrasive gadfly" by the New York Times for his role in exposing sexual misconduct in the labor movement. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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