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.