IATSE Local B-173 Organizes Workers at Toronto Centre for the Arts

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TORONTO, ON – IATSE Local B-173 has just scored again by organizing the housekeeping staff at the North York Performing Arts Centre, commonly known as the Toronto Centre for the Arts. 

The Toronto Centre for the Arts opened its doors in 1993 and has become one of the city’s major theatrical venues, with four separate theatres. Between the 1,727-seat Main Stage Theatre, the 1,036-seat George Weston Recital Hall, the 200-seat Studio Hall and the open-space Gallery, the TCA is able to offer the perfect room for any production.

The local filed for certification on the April 15th. At the April 24th vote, the employees made their wishes clear with a unanimous vote for IATSE representation. The Ontario Labour Relations Board issued the certification on May ‎5th. The new Local B-173 members join the stagehands, already represented by IATSE Local 58, and are looking forward to negotiating their first collective agreement with the TCA.

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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 150,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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