‘America’s Top Dog’ Signs Contract with IATSE and Teamsters After Two-Day Strike

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on September 18, 2020.

After a two-day strike, 115 crew members on A&E’s America’s Top Dog have returned to work in Simi Valley under a contract negotiated by IATSE and Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399.

“This was an important win for the America’s Top Dog crew, and their unity and resolve made it happen,” said IATSE vice president Mike Miller. “In the midst of this pandemic, they will now work under a contract that provides healthcare, pension, improvements in working conditions and safety protocol oversight. We also recognize our partners, Teamsters Local 399, who joined us on the picket line and were also able to secure an agreement.”

The new contract with Bark Entertainment, a division of Big Fish Entertainment, mandates that workers receive full healthcare and other benefits from their date of hire; a minimum of 10 hours of work per day; 10 hours of rest between workdays; weekend rest periods; and penalties for failing to allow for meal breaks. …

Deadline Hollywood 9/18

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