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IA Organizes Ford’s Theatre Wardrobe Department

IATSE Announces Agreement with NETworks

Washington, D.C. – For the first time in its history, the wardrobe department at Washington, DC’s historic Ford’s Theatre is now bargaining as part of Theatrical Wardrobe Union IATSE Local 722. The 14-member group was voluntarily recognized last week by the venue after a neutral third party card check indicated their desire to have the IA bargain on their behalf. The IA was represented by International Vice-President J. Walter Cahill and attorney Ellen Boardman of DC law firm O’Donoghue & O’Donoghue. Harry Weintraub, legal counsel for the League of Resident Theatres, represented Ford’s Theatre, which is a member of LORT. This is another example of the continuing efforts by the IATSE to organize stage employees in all crafts at resident theatres across the United States.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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