The Maine Film Association (MFA) Board of Directors wishes to share with our general membership and the Maine production community that we stand in solidarity with our I.A.T.S.E. members here in Maine and across the country.
The I.A.T.S.E. Locals represent below-the-line technicians, artisans, and craftspeople throughout the entertainment industry in the USA and Canada.
I.A.T.S.E. members have voted overwhelmingly to support a strike authorization in their negotiations for a new contract after the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) walked away from the bargaining table.
The goal of the I.A.T.S.E. representatives is to improve the quality of life and the working conditions for motion picture crews across the country.
The I.A.T.S.E. bargaining unit is negotiating for safer working hours, adequate rest periods, and regular meal breaks; along with an increase to a “living wage” for the lowest-paid crafts.
Workers’ rights, personal safety, and the ability to earn a living wage are concerns and priorities that the MFA believes in and fights for.
The MFA Board of Directors offers our support for an agreement between I.A.T.S.E. and the AMPTP that values the work and careers of I.A.T.S.E. crew, and will guide the industry towards a safer, equitable, and sustainable future.
Board of Directors
Maine Film Association
Thank you to the Massachusetts Production Coalition for getting the word out.