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Apollo Theater stagehands join IATSE

Photo caption: Apollo stagehands join IATSE.

After suffering more than a decade of poor working conditions, inferior wages, no health insurance and no retirement benefits, the thirty-four members of the stage crew of the Apollo Theater approached Local No. One, to request representation.  As the bargaining agent for its new members at the Apollo Theater, Local One protested against the Apollo Theater management with a voluntary recognition strike on August 24, 1998.  Local One succeeded, in good faith, to negotiate a fair and equitable contractual agreement that will supply its new members with the basic necessities enjoyed by most working people in New York City.

The Apollo stagehands were sworn in as members of the IATSE at the Local One’s general membership meeting in September.