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Hollywood settle labor dispute

November 20th, 2009 by admin Leave a reply »

A law dispute between the union representing the Hollywood below the line workforce and the American Film Institute has been settled.

Last week, the president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), issued a denunciation of AFI, accusing the nonprofit group’s management of using scare tactics to discourage concession workers at its Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland from joining the union, which represents 110,000 workers in the film and theater industry.

The dispute threatened to disrupt the AFI Fest in Los Angeles this week when the IATSE called for a boycott of all AFI events, but stopped short of calling for an actual work stoppage by the IATSE concession workers at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where AFI films are screened.

The fight ended on Wednesday when the union announced that it had negotiated an agreement with AFI to represent the Maryland theater workers. The agreement provided “significant wage, benefit and condition improvements,” according to a statement from the guild, which touted how the IATSE had “put pressure on the company by informing the public of the dispute.”

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