4 October 2013
Following Cancellation of Opening Night, Carnegie Hall Reaches Contract Agreement with Stagehands
Carnegie Hall announced today that it has reached a new collective bargaining agreement with IATSE/Local One, the union representing the venue's stagehands, putting an end to the work stoppage that resulted in the cancellation of its October 2 opening-night concert.
According to a statement issued by the venue, the new contract does include limited jurisdiction for the stagehands in Carnegie Hall's newly created education wing, which is slated to open in the fall of 2014 and will be dedicated to Carnegie's expanding music education and community programming. Administrators had previously asserted that the annex, which will occupy the newly renovated floors above Carnegie Hall, does not constitute part of the union's fundamental purview, which relates solely to performances spaces. Carnegie management had also argued that its previous agreements with stagehands have never covered spaces in the building's upper floors, where the new education wing is located.
The statement issued today suggests that Carnegie Hall and IATSE have reached some form of compromise, with the stagehands' involvement in the education wing allowing for the creation of, "a flexible, hands-on learning environment for activities serving students, young artists, and teachers, ensuring that the institution can meet all its education objectives." Likewise, all concerts on Carnegie's program will proceed as scheduled.
"Carnegie Hall is very pleased to reach this new agreement with IATSE/Local One, one that meets all of our institution’s education needs as we work toward fulfilling the potential of our new spaces in Carnegie Hall’s Education Wing,” said Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall.
IATSE and Carnegie Hall had been in negotiations over a new contract since mid-2012, with the stagehands' most recent contract having expired on August 31, 2012. Until the recent work stoppage, both the hall and the union had agreed to work under the terms of the previous contract during negotiations to avoid any disruption to the venue's schedule.
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