For the first time in decades, members of the film and TV crew are threatening to strike. Members of IATSE – the union that covers cinematographers, editors, costume designers and many other jobs behind the camera – say they are fed up with low wages and long hours without sufficient breaks.
“In fact, I had to leave a funeral so I could access my computer and start processing a draft that was due for release that day,” says script coordinator and IATSE member Shawn Waugh. “Feeling like your whole life is under production and the needs of a show are very tiring and harmful. “
Waugh tells KCRW he will vote to authorize a historic strike if unions and studios fail to come to an agreement.
These calls for change aren’t new – The Business repeats part of a conversation he had seven years ago with cinematographer and Oscar-winning activist Haskell Wexler, who fought for hours of work more reasonable until his death at the age of 93 in 2015.