Having said that, the IATSE Local always knew that this action was not going to be resolved as quickly as the victories on NBC’s reboot of Last Comic Standing in late April and on Discovery Channel‘s Naked & Afraid after a one-week work stoppage last November. Still, with work still to be done on the first two episodes, the 16-members of the Shahs postproduction team went on strike on September 10 in search of a union contract. The move came a couple of days after Bravo announced the debut date of the new Shahs season and one day after the Guild sent RSP subsidiary Berne Productions Inc. a letter requesting immediate negotiations. The same day as the strike started, RSP said they had “every intention of engaging in a discussion as soon as possible. Similar to the IATSE Local 700’s successful Survivor labor action of late August, the Shahs postproduction crew were primarily seeking health and pension benefits.
RSP at first said that they had have “every intention of engaging in a discussion as soon as possible.”But there were no talks and soon after pickets went up, Bravo pulled the mid-October S4 premiere date. “The new airdate has yet to be determined,” said the cabler on September 11. No new airdate for Season 4 of Shahs Of Sunset has been determined yet still but now we know for sure it’s coming.
Congratulations to those IATSE picketers! They set the stage for this deal,
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