PITTSBURGH (September 27, 2012) — Stage technicians at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture – AWC in Pittsburgh voted unanimously for union representation by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees – IATSE Local No. 3 during a National Labor Relations Board election held Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
These employees work lighting, sound, audio-visual, special effects, and props for theatrical productions at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue downtown Pittsburgh. The August Wilson Center is one of only two major arts insitutions in the world named for Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright and Pittsburgh native August Wilson. The August Wilson Center for African American Culture engaged regional and national audiences in its mission of preserving, presenting, interpreting, celebrating and shaping the art, culture and history of African Americans from Western Pennsylvania as a foundation.
We are proud of these talented technical and craft employees who have chosen IATSE Local No. 3 as their representative in negotiations for a contract with the August Wilson Center for African American ulture. IATSE Local No. 3 looks forward to the partnership through a good faith negotiating process with the August Wilson Center based on the arts organization commitment to community and history.
IATSE Local No. 3 was chartered in 1887 and is one of the oldest unions that represents Stagehands in theatrical lighting, sound, set construction, rigging, properties, hair and make-up for events in Pittsburgh and southwest Pennsylvania.