New Mexico movie employees are on strike Monday
“We have our picket sign and button manufacturing, working with strike captains and staff to make sure people are adequately prepared for Monday and have people at these pickets and are all safe and trained, and do so in a visible and clothed way “Said IATSE President Liz Pecos.
But at the same time they are still working on negotiations
“There has been some modest progress, but we are still far apart on our core issues,” said Pecos.
The union’s Instagram account highlights some of the unsafe working conditions workers face and even shows car accidents that production teams have gotten into after long shifts.
“We want to work to have sustainable social benefits and a living income and to be safe on our long journeys home, so we are still very far apart on these key issues. We hope we can reach an agreement, but if not then be ready to strike, ”said Pecos.
The strike would close 7 of 9 productions in New Mexico and more across the country as 60,000 production workers leave the set.
The New Mexico Film Office issued a statement regarding the strike:
“We hope that an agreement can be reached quickly between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and the International Alliance Of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and that the issues at hand can be resolved so that so many new Mexicans can benefit from this thriving industry and the New Mexico communities can continue operations. “
While the strike officially begins on Monday, the union has not yet published where its picket lines will be. They said they will post the places, dates and times on their website.
KOB 4 has contacted several studios here in town – like Netflix – to see how they’re preparing for the strike, but no one was available for comment on Friday.