NEW YORK - Negotiators for a consortium of Hollywood producers and two New York unions reached a tentative settlement yesterday that would end a bitter 19-week stalemate that had all but shut down moviemaking in New York City, a vital part of the city's economy.
The unions, representing production crafts workers and cinematographers, agreed to the studios' demands for money-saving work-rule changes that would reduce overtime and weekend pay.
In return, the unions won substantial increases in health and pension benefits. But some rank-and-file members said the loss of the overtime made ratification by the unions' members less than certain.
Mayor David N. Dinkins said he was thrilled to learn of the tentative settlement with the unions, Local 52 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators and Local 644 of the International Photographers of the Motion Picture and Television Industries.
Together, the two unions have nearly 3,500 members.