On Sunday morning March 6, 2016, Business Agent Joshua Staheli and Secretary Treasurer Steve Dayan were notified of a big, non-Union Apple Music spot being produced by a company called Black Hand Cinema in Downtown Los Angeles. The Gang Boss had not called the job into the Callboard and the two went down to see about getting a contract for our Members. The production had approximately 100 crewmembers. Neither the Teamsters nor the IATSE has a collective bargaining agreement with Black Hand Cinema.
Black Hand Cinema has refused to sign a contract. Today we Striked the production.
“I want to take a moment to thank IATSE and all our Members that honored and walked the Picket Line with us today. We also want to thank Teamsters and all those willing to use their voice and social media outreach to put pressure on the companies. We are proud of all those willing to stand up against Non-Union Productions – especially from major Companies like Apple Music. Although we were unsuccessful in getting a contract signed from Black Hand Cinema, we certainly hurt and slowed down their production day. We are not giving up and will continue to put pressure on these Companies and fight for Union wages and benefits for our Members.” – Secretary-Treasurer Steve Dayan
After a long day in the rain we are wrapping up the Picket Line for today. Thank you again for ALL the support today. Please continue to stay engaged with our social media platforms to see how you can further get involved in supporting the organizing efforts.
Read more about the strike and see photos from the day on our FACEBOOK page.