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IATSE Local 523 Wins Certification of Famous Players Theatre

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Québec City, QC – With the assistance of the International, I.A.T.S.E. Local 523 has won a decision from Québec’s Labour Relations Commission, granting the local bargaining rights for front-of-house employees at the twelve-screen Les Galeries de la Capitale (Famous Players) in Quebec City.

The Local was granted certification in July of 2003, but a number of legal challenges were subsequently filed questioning the manner in which the representation cards were signed. As a result of these challenges, the Labour Relations Commission revoked its certification decision, pending further investigation into the case.

On April 26, 2004, the Commission completed its investigation and issued a decision completely exonerating the method in which the IATSE obtained representation cards and once again granted Local 523 bargaining rights for the theatre’s 68 front-of-house employees.

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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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