12:20pm PT by Jonathan Handel
Deluxe Unit Votes in IATSE/Editors Guild
Employees of Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema in Burbank have voted to unionize with IATSE and its postproduction local, the Motion Picture Editors Guild, the guild announced Thursday evening. The vote was 43 to 20, or 68 percent to 32 percent, in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
DTDC employs about 70 technicians engaged in the production of Digital Cinema Packages, the electronic equivalent of film prints. According to the union, the company “aggressively campaigned to discourage employees from unionizing.”
“For generations, the technicians of Hollywood's major film labs stood together to achieve a solidly middle-class standard of living,” said IATSE special representative Ron Kutak. “With the transition to digital and the closure of the film labs, non-union digital cinema employees have experienced dramatically lower rates of pay, inferior health and retirement benefits and years of wage stagnation. Thursday's vote signals that a new generation of cinema technicians are taking a stand to assert the value of their work.”
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Deluxe CEO John Wallace acknowledged the employees’ vote and said, “We recognize their right to make this decision and will work in good faith with union representatives to try to negotiate a fair contract. We continue our commitment to provide the highest-quality services to our clients, and to focus on creating a great work environment for our employees.”
The guild, which is Local 700 of IATSE, represents over 7,300 postproduction workers nationwide, including workers at two other Deluxe facilities.