Los Angeles, CA – Workers in production departments for TV commercials across the United States are joining the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).
These workers are joining together to address unsustainable hours, lack of reasonable rest, no employer-funded healthcare and retirement benefits, ineligibility for overtime pay, and limited access to safety and training. IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb said, “Commercial Production Workers’ issues are the very same ones this union has fought to address through collective bargaining for decades. IATSE is 160,000 strong working in all corners of the entertainment industry.
Workers in the production department historically have not become unionized. They have not received overtime nor have they had access to a formal retirement plan. Job titles include line producers, production supervisors, assistant production supervisors, and others whose work facilitates TV commercials.
Stand With Production is a grassroots movement of commercial production workers with aggressive efforts to unionize production staffers. The Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839, has successfully organized production managerial personnel.