IATSE Members Approve Strike Clearance; Majority of NM members voted sure
The chapter, which represents the 2,000 members of New Mexico, wants to keep the studio lighting and productions going. But only if film and television producers meet their requirements.
Local union president Liz Pecos said union members are demanding better pay and, above all, safer working conditions. She said it was not uncommon for work shifts to go well beyond 12 hours.
“This is primarily about safety. This ensures that we take breaks during the day and have enough turnarounds at night so we can sleep, ”she said.
Over the weekend, a majority of union members in New Mexico voted to allow a strike and agreed with tens of thousands of other union members across the country.
A strike would halt a number of film and television productions in New Mexico, and it is unclear how long the effects would last
“If no films are made, it will of course damage our economy, so I really want a solution to be found,” said Senator Peter Wirth, chairman of the democratic majority group.
Wirth recently joined State Senator Mimi Stewart and supported the union’s efforts to improve working conditions. He said he was a huge contributor to the growth of the New Mexico industry.
“We have great supporters in the legislature and with Governor Lujan Grisham and will continue to do so, but we want the workers to be treated fairly and properly,” said Wirth.
Pecos said members would like a quick resolution too.
“What we expect now is the producers to listen to this statement, and we hope they can come back with sensible and respectful suggestions.”
Avoiding a strike is very possible, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The alliance of film and television producers could start presenting offers on Wednesday.