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Catching up on IATSE? What’s behind Hollywood’s labor unrest

A woman draws pro-labor signs on cars of union members during a rally.
Crystal Kan, a storyboard artist, draws pro-labor signs on cars of union members during a late September rally in L.A.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Earlier this month, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees voted in support of waging a strike if the union couldn’t agree to a new contract.

A deal made this weekend between IATSE and the major studios was a rare display of muscle for the industry’s “below-the-line” production crews.

Here’s a closer look at how we got here.

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