An estimated 120,000 below-the-line entertainment industry jobs have been lost due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The number represents about 80% of the 150,000 members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
Leaders of the International Cinematographers Guild which has about 9,000 members and operates as IATSE Local 600 made the disclosure about the IATSE estimate in a message to members as part of its most recent weekly newsletter. The message was signed by ICG national president John Lindley, national executive director Rebecca Rhine and 10 other officers and executives.
The leaders said the next step will be for the labor and management trustees of the Motion Picture Industry health Plan to meet and look for methods to help plan participants.