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IATSE Announces an Agreement with NETworks Presentations, LLC for Touring Broadway-style Theatre Production in the U.S. and Canada

In April 2009, the IATSE negotiated a significant agreement to benefit the backstage workers traveling with touring productions produced by NETworks, LLC.  The five shows currently touring, formerly non-union, will now be covered under a collective bargaining agreement that provides for good wages, working conditions, and health and retirement benefits for stagehands, wardrobe, and hair and makeup workers traveling throughout the United States and Canada.

The agreement extends to the current NETworks productions of Sweeney Todd, The Drowsy ChaperoneHairspray, The Wizard of Oz, and Annie, and into the 2009-2010 season. Additionally, there are currently seven productions planned that will be covered the following season.  

NETworks was previously the most active non-union company for touring legitimate theater productions.