International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union Votes to Authorize First Nationwide Strike, May Include Disney Parks Cast Members

Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) in TV and film production have voted to authorize their first nationwide industry strike. Voter turnout was nearly 90%, and 98.68% voted yes.

“The members have spoken loud and clear,” said IATSE International President Matthew Loeb in a press release. “This vote is about the quality of life as well as the health and safety of those who work in the film and television industry. Our people have basic human needs like time for meal breaks, adequate sleep, and a weekend. For those at the bottom of the pay scale, they deserve nothing less than a living wage.”

This could possibly affect Disney productions, as well as theme park operations. IATSE Local 631 represents about 2,000 Walt Disney World Cast Members in Cosmetology, Costuming, Technician, and Transformations.

However, the agreement between Disney and IATSE Local 631 states, “there shall be no strikes, picketing, work stoppages or disruptive activity by the Union or by an employee, and there shall be no lockout by the Company.”

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