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Stagehands Union Settles Strike at Philadelphia Theatre Company

The union representing workers at the Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) announced that they have reached an agreement to settle a two week old strike and have ratified a first contract with the theater company.

IATSE Local 8 members had been on strike at the theater company for two weeks and had been trying to get PTC to agree to a first contract with the newly organized group of workers that reflects already existing conditions of work and includes a minimal wage increase consistent with existing industry standards.

The new contract for stagehands for the PTC is the first contract Local 8 has settled for a theater of this size. The contract has strong language that protects the jobs, maintains and improves conditions that now include overtime after 8 hours in a day and holidays and double time for overnight work. The contract also contains health and retirement contributions for every worker and increases the wages of the workers each year of the agreement.