PHILADELPHIA, PA – The IATSE is proud to announce the workers at the Philadelphia Ballet wardrobe shop have voted unanimously to join IATSE Local 799. The shop, which is responsible for building, fitting, and repairing costumes used in Philadelphia Ballet productions, will now benefit from the union representation, better wages, and improved working conditions.
The campaign began on January 30, 2023, and quickly gained momentum among the workers. Despite the employer’s insistence on a vote instead of recognizing card check, the workers remained determined in their quest for representation. The final vote was 4-0 in favor of joining IATSE Local 799.
“The people working in this shop are all Local 799 members, but they wanted to be represented for better wages and benefits,” said Local 799 President Beverly Nolan. “They know we represent the Opera shop and have for some time, and they want to try to mirror that contract.”
The first contract for the wardrobe shop workers will be negotiated soon, with a focus on securing the better wages and benefits that IATSE has won for its members in other contracts. By joining the union, the workers aim to establish a stronger, more secure future for themselves and their families.
This victory not only strengthens IATSE Local 799 but also sends a powerful message to other workers in the industry about the importance of collective action and union representation.