Stagehands Call Off Carnegie Hall Strike: Union Will Have "Limited Jurisdiction" in New Wing
Carnegie Hall has reached an agreement with Local One, the union representing its stagehands.
As the Voice reported earlier this week, Carnegie Hall's five full-time stagehands--who average more than $419,000 per year--went on strike Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of the non-profit's opening gala.
Those five stagehands are among the top eight highest-paid employees at Carnegie Hall--only the Artistic Director makes more money than they do.
The union was not striking over wages, though. The dispute centered around Carnegie Hall's new educational wing--Local One wanted its members employed in the wing, and Carnegie Hall management said including the union's members would make the cost of the new wing prohibitively expensive.
On Friday afternoon Local One announced via Twitter the strike had been called off.
Local One and Carnegie Hall come to an agreement. The strike is over. The Picket Lines are pulled down.— Local One IATSE (@LocalOneIATSE) October 4, 2013
Shortly thereafter came the announcement from Carnegie Hall. Under the new agreement Local One will have "limited jurisdiction" within the new educational wing.
"Carnegie Hall is very pleased to reach this new agreement with IATSE/Local One, one that meets all of our institution's education needs as we work toward fulfilling the potential of our new spaces in Carnegie Hall's Education Wing," Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson said in a statement.
James J. Claffey, Jr., president of Local One, tells the Voice he's happy with the settlement. "Local One is very pleased with our new 4 year agreement," Claffey said via email. "The Union and Carnegie Hall both met each of their objectives and look forward to a productive and rewarding future."
The new wing, located in the upper floors of Carnegie Hall, is slated to open in fall 2014.
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