IATSE Members Petition Union for Stronger Protocols on Commercials, Music Videos

Labor News, Industry News

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on July 25, 2020.

More than 300 IATSE members, dissatisfied with what they call “a-la-carte protocols” for the safe return to work on commercials and music videos, have signed a letter urging their union leaders to adopt uniform guidelines similar to those established for film and television productions. …

The Association of Independent Commercial Producers, which bargains collectively with IATSE for commercial shoots, issued its own protocols on June 1, but gave short shrift to on-site testing for the virus, opting instead for policies “to self-diagnose health symptoms” before each day’s work. “Currently, testing for active cases is not available on-site,” the AICP’s guidelines and recommendations state. “In addition, testing (such as antibody testing and temperature-taking) are not reliable screening indicators — therefore, using symptomatic polling is the most reliable screening process.”

See the AICP’s workplace guidelines and recommendations here

That’s a far cry from guidelines promulgated the same day in the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force’s “White Paper,” which determined that “Regular, periodic testing of cast and crew for COVID-19 is critical for a safe return to work.” …

Deadline Hollywood 7/25

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