Strike by Hollywood crews averted in last-minute talks

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Los Angeles (AFP) – A strike that could have stopped the filming of some of the world’s most popular television shows and movies has been averted in last-minute talks. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), representing some 40,000 behind-the-scenes film workers, said it reached a tentative three-year agreement late Saturday with an alliance representing producers. In a statement on the union website, IATSE international president Matthew Loeb welcomed the deal as a “Hollywood ending,” adding, “Our members stood firm.” The agreement requires ratification by union mem…

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