IATSE helps boost wages

Stagehands, wardrobe people and others on the New York shows “Cabaret” and “Villa Villa” are working under new contracts negotiated by the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

At “Cabaret,” being staged in the Roundabout Theater’s Studio 54 space, the agreement runs four years and guarantees increases for stagehands, wardrobe, makeup and hairstylists. Contract terms include an immediate 18% increase during the pact’s first two years in pension, welfare, annuity and vacation pay; it increases to 19% in the third year and goes to 20% in the fourth.

The contract is for 20 workers not previously covered, and for some represents a 100% wage increase, the union said.

IATSE also reached an agreement for workers on “Villa,” at the Off Broadway Darrell Roth Theater. Under the two-year contract, they will receive a 20%-29% wage hike, full health insurance, annuity contributions for retirement, job security protection, holiday pay and paid vacations, and improvements in overtime compensation.

“Villa” was organized when stagehands and wardrobe personnel requested assistance from IATSE after imposition of a 30% wage cut.

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