IATSE and ABAS offer free legal support to MPC Vancouver workers laid off just weeks before Christmas

VANCOUVER, BC – The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Art Babbitt Appreciation Society (ABAS) will be providing free legal support to workers from MPC Vancouver who were recently laid off just weeks before Christmas. MPC Vancouver closed its doors permanently on December 11. “When we heard that MPC was closing, our […]

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Front-of-House a United Front as Artscape Workers Vote for IATSE B173 Representation

TORONTO, ON – On November 29 the ballot box was opened, showing front-of-house workers at Artscape had voted overwhelmingly for representation by IATSE Local B173. A few ballots have not yet been counted while the employer contests eligibility, though not enough that the outcome would change. The local filed for representation with the Ontario Labour […]

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IATSE Local 58 and TIFF Bell Lightbox Make it Official

TORONTO, ON – The TIFF Bell Lightbox has been using IATSE labour for many years, with Local 58 representing their Projectionists and Assistant Booth Managers, and IATSE Local B173 representing their Box Office and Front-of-House workers. While the audio work was being done by Local 58 members, it wasn’t done under an agreement and these […]

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ABAS and IATSE Announce Strategic Alliance

As a demonstration of mutual solidarity, the Art Babbitt Appreciation Society (ABAS) and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) have formalized a strategic alliance in efforts to unionize animation workers in Canada. Through this alliance, both groups will continue to jointly develop collaborative strategies to improve working conditions for animation workers across the […]

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IATSE General Executive Board Declares Weasel Works Productions Unfair

MONTREAL, QC — Following deliberate and careful consideration of the harmful and potentially unlawful circumstances created by Weasel Works Productions, the IATSE General Executive Board voted unanimously to declare Weasel Works an unfair employer. IATSE members are prohibited from rendering any service for the company until further notice, effective immediately. The move follows multiple instances […]

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Joining IATSE is Good for the Soul (Pepper)

TORONTO, ON – On June 5, front-of-house workers at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts voted overwhelmingly for representation by IATSE Local B173. The Young Centre is the home of Soulpepper, Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company. FOH workers at Soulpepper began informal discussions with IATSE Local B173 in February. “Front-of-house workers at Soulpepper needed […]

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IATSE Shatters Food Banks Canada Fundraiser for 5th Year

Toronto, ON – For the fifth year, IATSE partnered with Food Banks Canada for the “Every Plate Full” Challenge, which aims to raise food and funds for hungry Canadians during the summer months, when donations tend to slow down. Over the month of May, twenty participating IATSE Locals donated over $103,000 to the campaign, bringing […]

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All Stages at the Harbourfront Centre Now Staffed by IATSE Local 58

TORONTO, ON – IATSE Local 58 has done it again – this time at the Harbourfront Centre, bringing the last of the stages into the Local 58 family. The Local had made attempts to represent technicians at different Harbourfront Centre venues in past, with mixed results. This left some of the Centre’s stagehands with union […]

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IATSE Local 58 Adds Tarragon to the Menu!

TORONTO, ON – The IATSE Local 58 stagehands have an ongoing organizing campaign to offer representation to theatre workers, and they’ve just added Tarragon to their menu. On April 26, the Ontario Labour Relations Board issued a certificate awarding representation of all Tarragon Theatre technicians to IATSE Local 58. The application for certification was filed on […]

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IATSE Local 118 Wins Organizing Trifecta on Granville Island

VANCOUVER, BC – On April 16, IATSE Local 118 secured its third organizing win in less than a month. All three theatre companies operate on the Vancouver peninsula known as Granville Island. Stage employees at the theatres voted in three separate ballots and, with strong majorities and one unanimous vote, the BC Labour Relations Board […]

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