IATSE, Regal Cinemas settle 2-year-old spat

Union, theater chain reach agreement

Nearly two years to the day after the conflict began, IATSE and Regal Cinemas have resolved their differences and agreed to work together.

The two-year-old-dispute (Daily Variety, Nov. 24, 1997) began when IATSE and Regal Cinemas failed to reach agreement on wages, duties and other terms and conditions of employment for projectionists.

In 1997, IATSE-supported rallies erupted over Thanksgiving weekend at theaters near Los Angeles as well as in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Richmond, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Akron, Ohio (Daily Variety, Dec. 5, 1997).

Resolving differences

“This verbal agreement is the start of resolving our differences,” said Thomas C. Short, president of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Raymond L. Smith Jr., Regal Cinema’s senior veep of human resources, said: “The current leadership of the IATSE has recognized the changes in the industry, and the need to redefine the Union’s provision of services to this industry.”

Continued Smith: “IATSE has shown that it understands the effect of changing technology on the services historically provided by the Union. …We have entered a new era of mutual respect and cooperation which is not only welcome, but needed for the successes of both our operations.”

Regal, the third-largest exhibitor in the nation, operates more than 2,000 screens at 230 locations.