Members of Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) ratified a new three-year contract with the League of American Theaters and Producers on Tuesday. It was approved by a unanimous vote of approximately 275 union members, confirmed Local 1 president Eddie McConway. The old contract between the union and the league expired July 31. The new agreement, which covers Shubert and Jujamcyn theaters, calls for a 12% raise over three years, with some upgrade in working conditions and work flexibility with regard to matinees. The league received the concession that producers can now make commercials off the use of film stock shot during performances at no cost.
‘Just cause’ language
On September 12, Local 1 ratified a separate five-year contract with the Nederlander Organization. McConway said the major difference in the two agreements was the addition of a “just cause” termination restriction to the league’s contract.
“After the contract is up, (producers) could dismiss heads of departments in theaters for whatever reason,” the union president said. “With ‘just cause’ we stopped that. We couldn’t attain that with the Nederlanders, so we stretched it out to a five-year deal, which gives the (union members) some security.”