Gruelingly long work days on Hollywood sets: Will they be fixed with tentative deal?

A person walks by a banner in support of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) outside the Costume Designers Guild offices in Burbank, California, U.S., October 7, 2021. Photo by REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni.

IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) leadership struck a tentative deal with major Hollywood studios just hours before production crews were scheduled to walk offset and strike. Some of the three-year agreement’s highlights include a 10-hour break between shifts, a 54-hour weekend rest period, penalties for not taking meals during work, health and pension benefits, and a living wage. Rank-and-file members of IATSE must ratify the deal. 

“We're already in a situation where there's a lot of anger out there, and it's sort of a question of where does it get channeled. Does it … dissipate or does it go towards a no vote? Does it go in some other direction? That's not clear yet,” says Gene Maddaus, senior media writer for Variety. 

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