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IATSE and Global Spectrum Reach Three-Year Agreement

Photo caption: IATSE and Global Spectrum Reach Three-Year Agreement

The IATSE and Global Spectrum reached settlement for a three-year agreement covering production work in arenas throughout North America.  The new agreement replaces the first-time deal negotiated by the International in 2004.

Since its inception the agreement has been implemented in sixteen facilities throughout the United States and Canada ranging in size from 3,000 to 20,000 seats.  Activities spurred by the National Agreement have included increased job opportunities, improved conditions, introduction of many Locals to the National Benefit Plans and a new charter being issued in South East Virginia.  The Locals, with assistance from the International, have organized a number of new members and have implemented training to increase jurisdiction within the Locals.

Highlights of the successfully completed agreement include recognition of the Hair and Make-Up Department, a 3% wage increase each year of the contract retroactive and compounded, increases to the Health and Welfare and Retirement funds as well gains in jurisdiction and staffing, and clarifications of various issues raised by the Locals at the bargaining table.

The International under the direction of President Thomas C. Short negotiated this first of its kind National Deal for stagehand and wardrobe work in arenas.  The success of this negotiation indicates that national agreements in stagecraft can result in improving the wages, benefits and conditions for local union members and in organizing new members.

Global Spectrum’s parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm which owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, the Wachovia Center, the Wachovia Spectrum and Comcast SportsNet, the 24-hour regional sports programming TV network.  Global Spectrum continues to expand on the number of venues it manages, thus introducing the I.A. into markets and facilities that have been historically hard to organize.

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