Austin Lyric Opera unionized

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The Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has unionized the crew at Austin Lyric Opera and at U.S. Expo. IATSE said the opera bargaining unit will cover all regular full- and part-time theatrical stage and shop employees including stagehands; shop hands; wardrobe attendants, stitchers and constructors; makeup artists; and hairstylists. The union won an election from a pool of 34 eligible voters. IATSE Local 415 of Tucson, Ariz., won the right to represent freelance workers with exhibition-display company U.S. Expo after a “card check” campaign seeking formal representation. U.S. Expo subsequently recognized IATSE as the bargaining representative and agreed to begin negotiations.

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