As expected, the membership of IATSE, the union representing
The deal had been opposed by some members, who cited rollbacks in the healthcare plan, as well as concerns regarding new media. However, IA President Matthew D. Loeb remarked, "We feel we have given our members the best protection we can at a time when the bottom is falling out of a lot of traditional business models."
Unofficial partial ballot totals posted on the No campaign's web site showed a wide difference of opinion from local to local, with opposition ranging from 20% to 45% among the 7 locals for which data was available. Turnout was unclear from the figures. The 15 Hollywood-based IATSE locals covered by the contract encompass over 35,000 members.
Meanwhile, the Screen Actors Guild is still in stalemate with the studios, with no evident movement. In NY, negotiations between SAG and AFTRA jointly with the advertising industry continue this weekend. SAGWatch quotes a source reporting "some progress," which contrasts with indications earlier in the week. That contract expires in ten days.
Subscribe to my blog (jhandel.com) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or, follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, or subscribe to my Huffington Post articles.