SAG-AFTRA Says Industry’s Return-To-Work Protocols Have Been “A Remarkable Success”

The movie and tv {industry}’s return-to-work protocols, which have been adopted in June following the preliminary Covid-19 shutdown, have been “a outstanding success,” in accordance with SAG-AFTRA leaders, who’re telling their members that “the info signifies that our manufacturing units stay protected environments regardless of the surge in neighborhood an infection charges in varied North American cities.”

“As I replicate on these previous months and stay up for the brand new yr, three issues come to thoughts which have sustained us in 2020 and which is able to assist transfer us ahead in 2021: resilience, solidarity and concern for one another,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris informed her members within the union’s newest quarterly journal. “This helped us create an in depth framework of security protocols, permitting our members to return to safer workplaces.”

The detailed and sophisticated protocols, which embody routine screening and testing for the coronavirus, environmental sanitation, and zone-based set-access management, have been reached in June by means of a collaboration with administration’s AMPTP, the DGA, IATSE, and the Teamsters and Basic Crafts unions, with enter from nationally acknowledged medical and scientific specialists.


“The purpose was to ensure each member of each union might return to work as safely as doable,” Carteris wrote. “It has been a outstanding success, and it’s crucial that we don’t waiver if we’re to proceed to work and hold the {industry} open.”

David White, SAG-AFTRA’s nationwide government director, wrote: “The security protocols negotiated by the unions and studios are rightly praised by observers throughout the nation as a singular triumph of industrywide collaboration. At the time of this writing, the info signifies that our manufacturing units stay protected environments regardless of the surge in neighborhood an infection charges in varied North American cities. This pattern will assist to make sure the roles which might be fortunately returning for members will proceed to increase in quantity, offering essential wages for our members and their households, alternatives for small companies that play such an important function in manufacturing, and income for the harassed establishments all through the {industry}.”

Rebecca Damon, SAG-AFTRA’s government vice chairman, informed members that the protocols are an “instance of a demonstrably profitable decision of a posh downside,” and that by “working with our sister unions and employers, we have been capable of put into place science-based protocols that assist shield members whereas permitting them to proceed working.”

Camryn Manheim, SAG-AFTRA’s secretary-treasurer, informed members that “the union is on plan and monitoring to funds. Revenue and bills are as anticipated, and we’re navigating the pandemic and the dramatic drop in manufacturing and income. We are additionally starting to see a return to work throughout contracts and anticipate to see this enhance even additional over the subsequent two quarters. That is why we labored so onerous to barter return-to-work protocols so manufacturing might restart and members might get again to work. Through unprecedented inter-union collaboration, our leaders bought members safely again to work on units, incomes wages and doing the work you like.”

White additionally informed members:

“Although the yr has been filled with heartache for households throughout the globe, it is very important see as effectively the optimistic work that has emerged in response to this grave ordeal, and the inspiration it lays for the long run. We have simply closed the chapter on this uniquely tough yr for our union and for the nation as a complete. To be certain, vital challenges for our members and workers await as we start the lengthy journey towards a ‘post-pandemic’ life, now that vaccines have been authorised. Yet, fortunately, when the pandemic is lastly behind us, we can be effectively positioned as a company to assist and shield our members in 2021 and past.

“There is sweet cause to have a way of aid with final yr behind us. We started 2020 on a excessive observe on so many fronts: record-breaking earnings for members and income for the union, a string of broadcast organizing victories, and continued progress in key areas comparable to legislative advocacy and member engagement in locals throughout the nation.

“Then, when Covid-19 arrived and the {industry} abruptly shut down in March, the world shifted dramatically. With a couple of notable exceptions (broadcast journalism, voiceover recording), the virus introduced work, journey and neighborhood routines to a digital standstill. We instantly centered our consideration on the essential activity of defending our members and workers, safeguarding our establishments and dealing in partnership with others to make sure the {industry} might recuperate as shortly as doable.”

Despite the {industry}’s finest efforts, the virus’ newest surge just lately led the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to induce productions in Southern California to “strongly take into account pausing work for a couple of weeks throughout this catastrophic surge in Covid circumstances,” and to “establish and delay increased danger actions, and concentrate on lower-risk work for now, if in any respect doable.”

L.A. County Health Department Urges Film & TV Productions To “Strongly Consider Pausing For A Few Weeks” As Covid-19 Surge Continues

Last week, SAG-AFTRA and the Producers Guild joined with advertisers in recommending that on-set industrial manufacturing be quickly halted in Southern California due to surging coronavirus outbreaks within the area, as the most important studios and streamers stay largely on a post-holiday manufacturing hiatus in Southern California till at the very least mid-January.

Earlier this week, the Directors Guild informed its members that the {industry}’s Covid-19 protocols “have been largely efficient in catching contaminated people earlier than they’re contagious, and limiting the potential unfold on set.” Even so, the DGA mentioned it’s working with employers who want to prolong their year-end vacation hiatus whereas the pandemic peaks in Southern California and throughout the nation.

DGA Says Industry’s Covid-19 Protocols “Have Been Largely Effective”, Though Holiday Production Hiatus May Continue As Pandemic Peaks In L.A.

“As the scenario round us adjustments, we proceed our diligent work to maintain members protected,” the DGA mentioned. “We’ve lengthy anticipated that there can be this post-holiday spike in neighborhood Covid-19 infections, which is why, previous to Thanksgiving, we negotiated an settlement offering employers with flexibility and financial incentive to extend testing and take further time to get outcomes earlier than resuming manufacturing.

“Together with our sister unions,” the Directors Guild added, “now we have communicated to employers that we’re ready to work with any of their productions looking for to additional prolong their hiatus. Since that point, the most important studios have introduced hiatus extensions for a lot of of their tasks. The scenario stays fluid and we’ll proceed to observe new developments and work throughout the {industry} to make sure that employee security stays a high precedence.”



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