Unions settle Quebec row

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TORONTO -- A tentative deal to end an 18-month turf war over Hollywood movie shoots in Montreal between rival film production unions has been ratified.

About 500 members of the Alliance quebecoise des techniciens de l'image et du son, a local Quebec technicians union, and separately members of IATSE locals 667 and 514 in Montreal voted overwhelmingly this weekend to sign onto an agreement that gives the U.S.-based union a first-time right to represent major studio shoots in Montreal.

With the ratifications, and the recent end to the Canadian actors strike, a slew of major studio shoots in Montreal have been lined up for this spring and summer, including Universal's "Mummy 3," Paramount Pictures' Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett starrer "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," the Don Carmody produced "Whiteout," and "Death Race 3000," Paul Anderson's sequel to "Death Race 2000."

Ratification of the agreement also means that IATSE will not move forward with a certification battle before the Quebec Labour Relations Board over which rival technicians' union can provide camera and technicians personnel to Paramount project "The Spiderwick Chronicles."
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