EXCLUSIVE UPDATE, 6:46 PM: After less than 12 hours, they have a deal, and everyone’s going back to work. IATSE reps and Marriage Boot Camp producers at Thinkfactory have agreed that their postproduction and production staff now will be unionized. The deal was just struck, and while no immediate details are available, sources tell Deadline that, as usual, concerns like health and pension have been addressed. This is yet another unscripted victory for IATSE and the Editors Guild, which have seen unionization on shows like Shahs Of Sunset in recent years.
PREVIOUSLY, 12:15 PM: Members of the postproduction crew on WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp went on strike today to win an IATSE contract. Picket signs went up outside the Los Angeles offices of Thinkfactory Media, the show’s production company. The strikers are seeking better wages and union pension and health benefits. The walkout is part of the IATSE’s ongoing campaign to organize nonunion productions in and around Los Angeles.
IATSE Editors Guild Local 700 put out a statement on its Facebook page instructing “all members, prospective members and other postproduction professionals … to refrain from rendering service to this production for the duration of the work stoppage.”
A spokesperson for the company did not have an immediate comment.