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Work changes cut costs in movie-TV industry.

More than 30,000 film and television wokers were covered by a settlement between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and seven unions. The unions reportly agreed to some cost-cutting changes in work rules intended to keep as much production work as possible in Southern California. In recent years, an increasing number of films have been produced elsewhere, apparently because of lower costs.

Other provisions included a $3 an hour wage increase over the 3-year term; pension increases of 25 percent for future retirees and 10 percent for current retirees; an increase in the employers' payment into pension and health and welfare funds from the sale of videocassettes; and a $3.5 million special employer payment into the funds to settle the unions' claim of past underpayments.

The unions involved were 24 locals of the Stage Employees (representing 24,000 of the workers) and locals of the Electrical Workers (IBEW), Laborers, Plasterers, Plumbers and Pipe Fitters, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees, and the Teamsters.
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Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Oct 1, 1985
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