The Hollywood unions have made an agreement with the major studios to allow the production work to restart with safety protocols amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement was made public on monday after three and a half months when the unions collectively issued their Sae Way Forward guidelines to the major studios.
The unions said, “Guiding principles include strictly enforced testing regimens and safety protocols, a zone-based system, and diligent use of personal protective equipment. The new measures will be implemented by employers in order to minimize the risk of transmission. To ensure workers’ livelihoods are not burdened with added uncertainty during the pandemic, the agreement also includes COVID-19 sick leave and quarantine pay.”
The agreement to restart the productions work has been signed by the directors Guild of America, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, International Brotherhood of teamsters and the Basic Crafters and SAG-AFTRA with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers.
Carol Lombardini, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers said, “After four months of negotiations and thoughtful dialogue with the multi-union bargaining committee, we are pleased to have reached an agreement on return to work protocols in the coronavirus era. “The health and safety of those who work in the motion picture and television industry remains our top priority. To that end, the studios — including Amazon, Apple, CBS, Disney, HBO Max, NBC Universal, Netflix, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. — collaborated with industry unions to develop strict testing and safety protocols for our employees. The studios’ investment in testing, redesigned workplaces, COVID-19 sick leave, quarantine pay and other safeguards will facilitate the safe resumption of production and enable the industry to recover and to grow.”