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Hollywood production workers approve labor deals in narrow vote
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LOS ANGELES—A union representing tens of thousands of the entertainment industry’s behind-the-scenes workers narrowly ratified contracts with Hollywood studios on Monday, ending a contentious chapter that put the industry on the brink of a strike.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents more than 150,000 workers, said a combined 50.3% of members voting on two separate contracts gave their approval. The three-year deals address concerns about pay and working conditions in a streaming-first Hollywood.
The ratification comes after months of debate that shined a spotlight on the less glamorous work of Hollywood and had studio executives writing contingency plans in the event of a strike that would have shut down nearly all film and TV production sets. IATSE members became the Hollywood outpost of a labor movement sweeping several sectors, from manufacturing to agriculture, that has seen workers emerge from the pandemic with fresh demands and more willingness to walk away.
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