Stagehands ratify contract with Fiserv Forum, join IATSE Local 18

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MILWAUKEE, WI — Stagehands reached and ratified a collective bargaining agreement with Fiserv Forum.

IATSE Local 18 Business Manager Thomas Gergerich stated, “We’re happy to join Fiserv Forum’s winning team in facilitating the needs of a world-class arena and we’re excited to play a “behind the scenes” role in Milwaukee’s new era of arena entertainment.”
IATSE Vice President Craig Carlson said, “This agreement illustrates that both parties believe in the dignity of hard work, the honor it instills and the respect it commands. Our agreement rewards all workers with safe working conditions, fair wages and meaningful benefits. I commend Fiserv Forum’s Management and Local 18 for putting together an agreement which will lead to the future success of both workers and management. We look forward to a wonderful relationship.”

“We are proud to team with IATSE and Local 18 in bringing skilled union stagehands and riggers to Fiserv Forum, as we continue our mission to provide family-supporting jobs,” Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry said. “We are looking forward to this positive workplace development partnership.”

Fiserv Forum is a brand new, state of the art arena that serves as the home of the Milwaukee Bucks, as well as a concert venue for some of the most popular touring performances. Fiserv Forum was selected to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, and this agreement ensures that the DNC will be produced using union stagehands.

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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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