The local union of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE 212) and Netflix have signed a three-year deal.

According to Damian Petti, President of IATSE 212, this type of agreement is the first of its kind with an individual union signing an individual agreement with Netflix.

"It signals an interest on the part of Netflix to increase their production volume in Alberta. It took five months to negotiate the agreement."

The agreement also gives Netflix stability and the ability to budget long-term. It also eliminates middle managers while Netflix employs IATSE members.

"It is a monumental achievement, it changes the way labour relations work in the industry. We feel fortunate that we were able to get this deal."

Petti went on to explain exactly what the union is all about as they have over 1,600 members.

"We represent primarily people working behind the scenes. We represent 21 categories of workers, anywhere from accountants to special effects and many more. We have several Airdronians in our membership."

The union does report that business is picking up again following last year's Hollywood writers' and actors' strikes, which also halted production in Alberta.

Petti finished off by saying one Netflix show that is being filmed outside of Airdrie is The Abandons. He also hopes a deal like this, will open up the opportunity to sign more deals with other big-name companies.

My Life With the Walter Boys is one of the latest Netflix hits that was filmed in the Airdrie area.

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