Later this morning, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes (and affiliated crafts) commences negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
This sit-down will be a trifle early as these things go; the current contract doesn't expire until the middle of next year. But since hammering out new agreements seems to be all the rage, that's what the parties will be doing.
With SAG waiting in the wings to start its contract talks, the majors will begin three days of negotiations today with the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees. The below-the-line union is expected to emerge Wednesday with a new contract -- even though its current deal doesn’t expire for another 16 months.
... Neither IATSE nor the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers would comment on the IATSE negotiations, first disclosed a month ago (Daily Variety, March 3). But it would be a surprise if the talks don’t lead to a deal, which will cover about 25,000 below-the-line employees in 18 West Coast locals. IATSE topper Thomas Short has indicated to associates he’ll come in with a focused proposal ...
I've seen the focused proposal, but I'm keeping my yap shut about it until the bargaining parties hammer out a new agreement (2009-2011) and roll out their own press release.
'Round about 9:30 this A.M., all the locals in the bargaining unit will be assembling in the caucus room at the new AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks. TAG will be there, even though we're not in the unit (we were thrown out in 1985; it's a long, involved story with which I won't bore you). All we've been for the past twenty-three years is an interested observer rather than a participant. Since the final package impacts TAG in a major way, we will be in attendance.
I expect that the back-and-forth will be energetic, obviously I'll know more later this afternoon ... and Tuesday ... and Wednesday.