The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Basic Agreement 2020 has been a significant topic of discussion in the entertainment industry this year. IATSE is a labor union that represents workers in the film, television, and live events industries, and the Basic Agreement is the contract that governs their work and compensation.

The 2020 Basic Agreement has been a long time in the making, with negotiations between IATSE and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) dragging on for months. The final agreement was ratified in February 2021, with a resounding majority of IATSE members voting in favor.

So, what’s in the IATSE Basic Agreement 2020? One of the most significant changes is an increase in wages and benefits for workers. The agreement includes an immediate 3% wage increase for most workers, with further increases in subsequent years. Additionally, the Basic Agreement includes improved healthcare and pension benefits for workers, which is a much-needed change in an industry that often operates on short-term contracts.

Another key feature of the 2020 Basic Agreement is increased safety protocols and protections for workers. The agreement includes provisions for mandatory breaks and rest periods, as well as improved rules around meal breaks and turnaround time between shifts. There are also new protocols around COVID-19 safety measures, which are essential in an industry that relies on close contact and large gatherings.

Overall, the IATSE Basic Agreement 2020 is a significant win for workers in the entertainment industry. It represents a step forward in terms of fair compensation, improved working conditions, and increased safety measures. With the industry continuing to evolve rapidly, these changes are essential to ensure that workers are treated fairly and that the entertainment industry remains a desirable profession for years to come.