During COVID-19 pandemic, IATSE covered insurance costs for members

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 317 President Mike Pope joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how IATSE covered insurance costs for its members, regardless of their ability to pay, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Hollywood production staff authorize strike

Production staff affiliated with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) voted Monday with a 98 percent consensus to authorize a strike over contract disputes with studio producers. The Union is advocating for better schedules, pay and work conditions.

If IATSE does go on strike, it would completely shut down studio productions for the first time since 1945.

Carl Mulert, National Business Agent of IATSE United Scenic Artists Local 829, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the strike and why artists and production hands are overwhelmingly stressed by Hollywood’s efforts to boost content efforts in the wake of COVID-19. Continue reading

AFL-CIO official highlights pro-labor agendas heading into election

On the Aug. 27 episode of America’s Work Force Radio Podcast AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel talked about COVID-19 relief, United States Postal Service funding, the contrast between the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention and the Biden campaign’s labor-friendly agenda. Continue reading