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Carnival Center for the Performing Arts

At the New Orleans Board meetings, representatives reported on the successful contract between the International, Local 500 Southern Florida and the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, the third largest facility in the United States.  The Carnival Center was formerly known as the Miami Performing Arts Center.

The Carnival Center has two very substantial resident companies, the Florida Grand Opera and The Miami City Ballet.  Both these companies employ members of Local 500 under their own separate contracts, with Local 500 whether employment is inside or outside the Carnival Center. Over and above this employment, the Carnival Center employs regular and freelance stagehands, wardrobe personnel, make-up and hair employees, box office employees and facility technicians all covered by the IATSE and Local 500 collective bargaining agreement. Local 500 has received substantial dues check-off, health and welfare contributions and pension fund contributions by reason of the contract.

The Carnival Center contract was made possible because of President Short's initial relationships and contacts with the management of the Center. The management indicated that it would only bargain for a wall to wall unit if the International represented its employees and after a “card check” by the International and if the International was the bargaining agent on the contract.