Just when you thought that pointers for the movie and TV trade’s protected return to work were in place and able to implement, Cathy Repola, government director of the Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, says that those protocols “are still in the works.” In a video message to her members at the moment, she mentioned: “We are still in discussions with the AMPTP and with IATSE and the above-the-line guilds to try to put together standardized protocols that will apply across the board.” Those discussions, she instructed her members, “are ongoing, and at such time when they’re completed, you will certainly be among the first to know.”
On June 12, Hollywood’s unions launched their detailed protocols for the protected resumption of movie and TV manufacturing – a joint effort by the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and the Teamsters. The 36-page report (see it under) is designed to implement the extra basic pointers set forth in a White Paper on reopening that was issued on June 1 by the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force. Like the White Paper, the unions’ protocols stress that testing and social distancing are the keys to a protected reopening.
Hollywood’s Unions Release Protocols For Restarting Film & TV Production: Joint Effort By DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE & Teamsters
Repola additionally addressed the “current escalation of awareness in this country of the systemic racism that has been going on here for decades that many of us have either chosen to ignore or buried our heads in the sand about. I assure you, I am not burying my head in the sand at all. In fact, while I haven’t been speaking publicly about it a great deal, I have been in a lot of dialogue and doing a lot of research and a lot of reading. I think as a union, we can do better – we must do better. I think it’s time for me to do a lot of listening, as opposed to maybe a lot of talking. I want to understand what our black members are going through in their work environments; how it feels to have a lack of diversity within their working areas. I want to know what they think we can do as a union to improve on all of that.”
Her feedback come a day after IATSE worldwide president Matthew Loeb and the union’s whole government board acknowledged the union’s function in failing to upend “systemic racism in the arts and entertainment industry,” calling for industrywide motion and vowing to do the “hard work” wanted to “create real, lasting change.”
Repola, noting that her native already does outreach to movie colleges and other organizations that carry newcomers with various backgrounds into the trade, promised that “we are going to increase that.” She additionally mentioned that the native will be holding seminars and coaching on racism, discrimination and unconscious bias, and “to do absolutely anything within our power as a union to help all of our members.“
“I think we need a collaborative solution,” she mentioned. “I think we need a lot of dialogue. I think we need to show a lot of respect for different viewpoints. I think we need to provide a lot of education; we need to listen to one another; we need to come together to collectively make change. This will never get better for our black members, or other members who feel underrepresented, if we don’t come together, uplift one another, and do this as an organization that wholeheartedly embraces all of our differences and sees the value that we all have to add – not just to this union, but to the post-production community … as an industry; as a country. We can make a difference. I know we can. And I am committed to working with you to do so.”