The COVID-19 pandemic could put another stop to movie and TV show productions across the country, including in Oklahoma. One of the largest unions for production crews could go on strike over COVID-19 protocols.
The people affected are not the actors seen on screen. Instead, this is a strike of the hundreds of people behind the scenes that make the movies happen. They demand better work conditions and pay, or they will walk off the set.
"When you look at the shear number of union members that IATSE have, it's about 47,000 people. This is a huge amount of the workforce," said Richard Janes, cofounder of Green Pasture Studios.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE union threatens to strike as the pandemic has forced many crew members to be on set for hours on end.