VIDEO: IATSE Local One President testifies to NYC Council regarding union busting at Metropolitan Opera

IATSE International Vice President and Local One President, James J. Claffey Jr., testified to the New York City Council about how the Metropolitan Opera’s “management” is using the Covid virus as leverage to take away conditions from workers. Instead of negotiating fairly, the Met has locked out Local One Stagehands and outsouces behind the scenes shop work to other countries and areas.

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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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