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A Long Road to Victory for Oregon Local

On August 29, 2016, President Loeb presented newly-formed Local 154 with its charter and installed the newly-elected officers.

The Local’s story began in August 2014, when one person made a phone call for information on how to organize, and by October the first Authorization Card was signed. Ultimately, a petition was submitted for the run crew members of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on April 2015.  A month later, bargaining unit representatives faced their employer at a two-day NLRB hearing, and went onto win the election by 12 votes on June 10th, 2015. From June to September 2015, the bargaining committee researched and read many contracts to help develop language for their unique theatre and community. From September 28, 2015 to June 7, 2016, the bargaining committee sat across the table from their managers and negotiated its first contract.

IATSE Local 154