"Not-So-New "Media doesn’t need a worker subsidy. New Media is now the industry standard and growing exponentially. This is not just about streaming companies – among the most valuable corporations on the planet - but also about the studios and networks where our members’ labor facilitated their ability to compete and succeed.
SUPPORTING MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
When the pandemic began, IATSE worked to ensure our members were protected. From sick pay negotiations and COVID related pay, to rigorous mandatory safety protocols, IATSE negotiated to ensure safety for our workers.
More than 97% of participants maintained their health coverage, including those that were out of work for the majority of 2020, through actions taken by union health plan trustees.
The strength of our bargaining in the last few rounds of Basic Agreement negotiations allowed the IATSE to assist participants during the pandemic by:
Providing health eligibility extensions and no-cost COBRA coverage
Waiver of health premiums for six months
Telemedicine for no co-payments or coinsurance
No out-of-pocket costs COVID-19 diagnostic testing
No-cost treatment for COVID-19
A new initiative designed to provide support to our most at-risk, elderly, and/or disabled members during the COVID-19 crisis — IATSE C.A.R.E.S. (Coronavirus Active Response and Engagement Service) — has helped numerous members secure food and access to resources throughout the pandemic.
FIGHTING FOR YOU
"The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it."
-MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
BETTER BENEFITS & HEALTH CARE
Improvements to your health plan don’t just happen in the Basic Agreement negotiations every three years. Plan trustees are seeking to add benefits and improvements throughout the term of the Agreement. Some of the improvements, including residuals from streaming productions, allow the union trustees on the health plan to bargain for enhancements including:
Coverage for deliveries at birthing centers
Coverage for dental implants
Removal of lifetime restrictions on smoking cessation drugs
Coverage for bariatric surgery
Cover CDC recommended work-related travel vaccinations for participants
Add access to Naturally Slim, an online weight loss program
Reduce copay for telehealth from $20 to $5
COMMITMENT TO CIVIL RIGHTS & DIVERSITY
Equal rights are the cornerstone of the labor movement. Unions were founded on the principle that all people are equal and all people are deserving of respect and fair treatment. Equality issues run through all areas of trade union activities – from health and safety to wage negotiations.
IATSE is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating all forms of discrimination. We are opposed to unlawful and unfair discrimination and oppression on the grounds of sex, gender identity and expression, relationship or marital status, race or ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, language, background, political or religious beliefs, physical appearance, pregnancy or responsibility for dependents.
Through the last Basic Agreement negotiations, IATSE members secured significant improvements to working conditions on a wide variety of streaming productions and expanded and improved wages for work on streaming platforms.
From 2016, cash residuals from streaming jumped from 18.6% of total residuals to more than 43.5% — totaling $215.4 million in cash residuals.