Thursday, August 5, 2010

IATSE and Teamsters Reach Mutual Assistance Pact

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have entered into an agreement to work together toward common goals. The move represents a major change from the previously frosty relationship between the two unions.

The pact sets out how the unions will address organizing efforts, deal with jurisdictional issues and establishes new lines of communication aimed at strengthening the relationship. Teamsters Locals 399 (Los Angeles) and 817 (New York) represent motion picture and television drivers and others. IATSE represents most below the line crew.

A joint committee will be established to oversee the efforts of the two unions. Recent meetings (which I previously reported) between the leadership of the two labor organizations have led to closer ties.  The Executive Boards of both unions unanimously ratified the agreement. 
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