One of Hollywood’s biggest unions authorizes a nationwide strike for the first time

The union representing 60,000 “below the line” workers, including camera operators, approved a nationwide strike today. Photo by Shutterstock.

More than 98% of IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) members voted to authorize a nationwide strike today. They represent about 60,000 “below the line” workers, which include hair and makeup artists, lighting and sound crew, and camera operators. They’ve complained of long hours, few breaks, and low wages.