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December 8, 1986 | MORGAN GENDEL, Times Staff Writer
Shooting here and elsewhere in Canada is nothing less than a survival tactic for some Hollywood TV series producers. Consider this scene on the set of the CBS late-night series "Adderly," about a government operative whose injured hand gets him demoted to the do-nothing Miscellaneous Affairs department. The setting is not some glamour-filled studio, but a dingy, vacant warehouse. The crew is minuscule by Hollywood standards and extremely young.
August 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Thomas C. Short said he would step down as president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents film and TV show crew members. He has been president of the 110,000-member union since 1994. Short said he was leaving because he had accomplished his goal of building the union and wanted to enjoy other pursuits. Mat Loeb, an international vice president, will serve the remaining year of Short's four-year term.
May 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Broadway crews to get pay bump
Stagehands, ticket collectors and crew members for "Matilda," "Wicked," "Jersey Boys" and other Broadway shows are getting a pay raise. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which represents more than 100,000 workers in the film, television and theater industries, said it reached a new three-year contract with Broadway show producers and owners that will give its members undisclosed wage increases. The agreement also provides higher pay for make-up artists, hairstylists and others working on touring shows and includes "significant employer contributions" to the health and pension plans of workers who are on touring shows, IATSE said in a statement.
April 14, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the major studios have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that averts a potential showdown. The so-called basic agreement covers about 35,000 members who belong to IATSE's Hollywood locals and includes camera operators, set decorators, grips and others who work behind the scenes on movies and TV shows. Under the proposed deal reached late last night, IATSE members would receive a 2% annual wage increase over three years — in line with raises negotiated by other entertainment unions.
June 27, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
When rock star Bono and members of his band U2 recently showed up at the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg, Canada, they were greeted not with cheers but jeers from more than 80 members of one of Hollywood's most powerful unions. Their beef: U2's decision to hire a nonunion crew to film a documentary of the show that the band had come to finish shooting. "This is nothing short of union-busting," declared Matt Loeb, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
November 20, 2008 | Richard Verrier, Verrier is a Times staff writer.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees agreed to a tentative three-year contract with the major Hollywood studios Wednesday, becoming the fifth union this year to conclude a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The proposed agreement was modeled on similar pacts negotiated by writers, directors and the smaller actors union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, that established pay terms for programs streamed on the Web.
July 31, 2008 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Thomas C. Short, the controversial head of the union representing Hollywood's film and TV crews who unified the industry's blue-collar workforce but was sharply criticized by some for being too friendly with the studios, is expected to resign as early as today.
February 1, 2012 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
For at least five years, officials with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum passed bundles of cash totaling more than $1 million to a union representative, sometimes in a suitcase packed with $100 bills. The payments, ranging from $1,400 to $187,700 each, were to cover the wages of stagehands on Coliseum events -- rave concerts, Cinco de Mayo performances and a Lakers championship celebration -- according to records and interviews. Invoice reports from the publicly owned Coliseum, obtained by The Times under the California Public Records Act, show that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees received the cash advances from March 2006 through last February.
March 21, 2009 | Richard Verrier
A union representing more than 35,000 film and TV workers has approved a new three-year contract, fending off a vigorous opposition campaign by dissidents who accused their leaders of selling them short at the bargaining table. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said Friday that the contract, which was largely modeled on similar agreements negotiated by other Hollywood unions, was unanimously endorsed by all 15 Hollywood local groups.
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