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IATSE Local 461 and Shaw Festival Reach Tentative Deal

Photo caption: IATSE Local 461 and the Shaw Festival reach tentative deal.

On March 11th, the Shaw Festival locked out members of Local 461 Facilities Department as the result of a labour dispute that had remained unresolved since August, 2008.  At the same time, Local 461 members in the Production and Audience Services Departments went on strike in solidarity with and support of their locked out colleagues.

One week later, the Shaw Festival and IATSE Local 461 announced that, after a marathon bargaining session led by President Loeb, the parties reached a tentative agreement for the terms of a first collective agreement for the Festival’s Facilities Department, and tentative renewal agreements for the Production and Audience Sales and Services Departments.

The Local 461 bargaining team unanimously recommended the ratification of all three tentative agreements.

The members of 461 extended special thanks to International President Matthew Loeb, International Vice President John Lewis, Assistant to the President Sean McGuire, International Representative Paul Taylor, District 11 Secretary Cheryl Batulis, and the members of Locals 58, 129, 357, 411, 471, 822, 828 and 873 for all their support throughout this process.