COVID safety agreement between studios, institutions set to expire on Sunday – The Hollywood Reporter
Top Hollywood studios and unions are still in talks on Friday for a tentative extension and potential update to their COVID-19 safety protocol agreement, which expires Sunday Japan.
Teamsters Local 399 recording secretary Lindsay Dougherty on Friday confirmed that the two sides are still in talks. No other unions are contacted on Fridays or Saturdays, nor Union of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP), provides further updates. On Friday, IATSE Local 600 noted to members that the agreement to renew the COVID-19 Commercial Production Testing and Safety Agreement by industry unions and the Association of Independent Commercial Manufacturers (AICP) signing has been extended until March 15.
Agreement between AMPTP, representing studios and unions IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, DGA, Teamsters and Basic Crafts were first achieved in September 2020; it has been renewed several times and amendments were made last July to incorporate the vaccine for the first time.
In July 2021, unions and studios agreed to allow manufacturers to commission vaccines to Zone A, which includes actors and crew who have close contact with them. Manufacturers may also apply for an exemption to extend their vaccine manufacturing authorization to other Regions.
In addition, unions have requested that studios during a time of increase in the highly contagious omicron variant nationally that Zone A be tested for COVID-19 daily; That Area B is checked two to three times per week; N95, KN95 or KF94 masks used on set; and production promotes the “advertising of vaccine boosters”. The Directors Guild of America told members in late January that “Most studios take our concerns seriously and adopt these measures on their productions.” The Hollywood Reporter reported.
At the time, no other recommendations were made to ensure safety in Zones C and D. Guild members in post-production fell into Area D, a group for which the latest deal was only ask to be tried before hiring. However, multiple sources in Local 700 (Motion Pictures Editors Association) have insisted that this is not enough and would like to see the trial more often enshrined in the agreement.
While federal vaccines or trial authorizations for businesses with at least 100 employees were banned by the US Supreme Court on January 13, Democratic lawmakers in California have introduced a bill. on Friday will make vaccinations mandatory for both employees and independent contractors in California unless there is a valid medical, religious or disability reason for the exemption.