West Coast IATSE Ratifies Deal with Studios

Few details of the deal were released.

The 13 Hollywood IATSE locals have ratified a new three-year deal with the AMPTP, representing studios and producers, the union announced Tuesday. Key provisions of the agreement include annual wage and pension increases, and no cuts or increased costs to the participants of the health plan, and what the union called “substantial improvements in working conditions” for new-media productions.

The affected locals represent over 43,000 members. The agreement, called the Basic Agreement, primarily relates to work performed in 13 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

“The new contract represents significant gains and continued security for the welfare and livelihood of the members it covers,” said IATSE international president Matthew D. Loeb.

The new agreement is believed to be retroactive to Aug. 1, the day after the previous Basic Agreement expired. The AMPTP did not immediately respond to a request for comment after business hours.

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