Saturday, May 26, 2012

IATSE Local One Reaches Tentative Agreement with Empire New York Producers

IATSE Local One President ,James J. Claffey, Jr., announced late Friday night that a tentative agreement had been reached with the producers of Empire New York and as a goodwill gesture pulled the picket line. 

IATSE Local One President, James C. Claffey Jr., announces agreement
The contract includes Local One, the Theatrical Teamsters, IA Local 751 and AGVA. 

"Local One IATSE can't stand by while a non-union entertainment operation pitches its tent, even temporarily, in the heart of the Broadway theater district, the working home of thousands of entertainment professionals," said James J. Claffey Jr., president of the 3000-member, 126-year-old stage local, in a statement earlier last week. "Though the number of Local One IATSE jobs we're taking about are no more than a handful of jobs, we will exercise all our legal rights to ensure these employees have union rights and protections."
Packing up the picket signs

A signed contract is expected over the weekend. The lines will be reinstated Tuesday, May 29th at 6:00 p.m. if the signed contract does not appear.

The T.P.U. Local One I.A.T.S.E. Executive Board congratulates the hundreds upon hundreds of Brothers & Sisters of Local One; Members and representatives of the IATSE;  AFM Local 802; AGVA; ATPAM; IATSE Locals 52, 600, 751, 764, 794, and 798; IBEW local 1212; IBT, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817; and The Newspaper Guild, CWA Local 31003; who in a very strong showing of solidarity demonstrated that in unity there is strength and that the labor movement in New York City is alive and well.

Local One IATSE (, James J. Claffey, Jr., President, is the premiere stagecraft union in the world, representing 3,100 stage and studio electricians, set carpenters, sound designers, audio technicians, moving-light operators, riggers and special effects people in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester and Rockland. 

Local One members construct, install, maintain, and operate the lighting and sound equipment, the scenery and special effects which thrill and delight audiences attending Broadway shows; concerts at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall; the magnificent, spectacular productions at The Metropolitan Opera and throughout Lincoln Center; and the many entertainment and news broadcasts from CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS. Local One technicians work behind the scenes at numerous cable TV studios, major corporate industrials and special events.

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