“We Need to Take Back Our Union”: An IATSE Worker on Organizing for Change
A retired member of IATSE Local 80 describes the transformative process of organizing for union democracy in the wake of a disappointing contract fight.
Left VoiceNovember 23, 2021
“We Feel Angry, We Feel Unheard”: IATSE Workers Speak Out on the Betrayal of Their Leadership
Left Voice reached out to IATSE workers and asked for their thoughts on the newly ratified contract. Despite an overwhelming vote to strike and a majority “no” vote, union bureaucracy and undemocratic voting rules betrayed the rank-and-file worker’s demands for better working conditions.
Left VoiceNovember 22, 2021
IATSE Members Vote No, Contract Passes Anyway
By using undemocratic voting measures, public pressure, and delaying tactics, the IATSE bureaucracy overrode the wishes of the membership to ram through a terrible contract. This is a betrayal of Halyna Hutchins, and all the IATSE members who voted to strike and who are demanding safe working conditions.
Ezra BrainNovember 16, 2021
Blueprint for a Strike in the Entertainment Industry: Lessons from the 2007 WGA Strike
On this day in 2007, 12,000 screenwriters began a strike that lasted 100 days — halting production on several TV shows, forcing the cancellation of the Golden Globes ceremony, and costing the studios an estimated $2.1 billion in lost revenue. How the union waged that strike has important lessons for today’s IATSE struggle.
Cal BerryNovember 5, 2021
IATSE Worker: “Halyna Hutchins would be alive if we had gone on strike”
Left Voice is highlighting the voices of rank-and-file IATSE members on the working conditions in the entertainment industry and why they think the tentative agreement being put forward by the union leadership is inadequate. Here we share an email we received from a member of local 706.
Left VoiceOctober 27, 2021
IATSE Member Halyna Hutchins’s Death Is Not Just a Tragic Accident. It’s a Labor Issue
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot yesterday by a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin. Earlier that day, the film’s camera crew resigned over concerns about gun safety, among others.
Ezra BrainOctober 22, 2021
“Keeping the Status Quo Is Not Enough”: Why IATSE Members Will Be Voting No On the Tentative Agreement
On Saturday, the leadership of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) struck a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), averting a strike that was a little over 24 hours away. Here, we gather some testimonies from IATSE members on why they will be voting no on the agreement.
Left VoiceOctober 19, 2021
IATSE Leaders Betray Workers With an Atrocious Tentative Agreement. But It’s Not Over Yet.
In a huge betrayal to workers, IATSE leadership struck a deal with the bosses to avert a strike that was set to begin on Monday. But the fight isn't over. Now, workers should vote no and prepare to strike until all their demands are met.
Ezra BrainOctober 17, 2021
“The Money Is There”: Interview with an IATSE Worker
Left Voice sat down with an IATSE worker who voted to authorize a strike to talk about about working conditions and why they voted to authorize a strike.
Left VoiceOctober 9, 2021
In a Nearly Unanimous Vote, IATSE Members in TV and Film Production Authorize a Strike
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union members received strike authorization ballots on Friday. The results are in and the membership has overwhelmingly voted in favor.
Left VoiceOctober 4, 2021