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IATSE locals ratify new contract with Hollywood producers

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents more than 38,000 behind-the-scenes workers in the film and television industries, has ratified a new three-year contract with Hollywood producers.

Fourteen Hollywood locals, which represent IATSE members in professions such as camera operator, set decorator and grip, unanimously approved the new contract, which provides for a 2% annual wage increase and a 20% raise in employer contributions to the union health plan.

However, members with dependents will be required to pay healthcare premiums for the first time as part of a deal to close a deficit in the union’s health and pension plans.

The three-year contract, tentatively agreed to by union leaders and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in April, goes into effect Aug. 1.

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