The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) has recently announced its proposed Basic Agreement for 2021. This agreement covers the terms and conditions of employment for workers in the entertainment industry, including those who work in live theatrical events, television shows, and motion picture productions.
One of the main changes in the proposed Basic Agreement is the increase in wages and benefits for workers. The agreement has proposed a 3% increase in wages each year for the next three years. Additionally, there are plans to enhance healthcare benefits and retirement plans for workers.
Another significant change proposed in the agreement is the strengthening of safety protocols for workers. The agreement has provisions for improved safety measures, including the maintenance of safe working conditions and the provision of personal protective equipment for workers, which is particularly important given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Furthermore, the proposed Basic Agreement also addresses issues such as diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The agreement aims to promote a more inclusive and diverse work environment by requiring employers to provide training on issues such as unconscious bias and hiring practices that promote diversity.
The proposed Basic Agreement is the result of months of negotiation between IATSE and employers in the entertainment industry. The agreement will be put to a vote by IATSE members in August 2021. If approved, it will go into effect on September 21, 2021, and will last until July 31, 2024.
This proposed Basic Agreement is a positive step forward for workers in the entertainment industry. It addresses important issues such as fair compensation, workplace safety, and diversity and inclusion. If approved, it will provide much-needed support and protection for workers in one of the most dynamic and creative industries in the world.