IATSE Weekly Newsletter 7/9/2021





News Updates


IATSE Local One and the Metropolitan Opera Reach a Tentative Agreement


After nearly round-the-clock negotiations at the end of June that lasted into the July 4th holiday weekend, negotiators for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local One and the Metropolitan Opera reached a tentative agreement for a new contract. Stage and shop crew members of IATSE Local One employed at the Met Opera were briefed by the union’s president James J. Claffey Jr. and the union’s bargaining team on the settlement this morning. The tentative agreement will now go to the full membership of the local union for a ratification vote on July 18.  As a result of an overwhelming majority of the Met’s stage and shop crew members voting in favor of submitting a positive recommendation to the full membership to ratify the agreement, IATSE Local One members are expected to begin work in the opera house starting Wednesday, July 7. Read more 






On Tuesday, IATSE Local 15 ratified area standard addendums to the existing agreement between the union’s International and Tri State Staging, ensuring hundreds of Live Events workers across several iconic Pacific Northwest Venues will be covered by a union contract that provides higher wages, better health and retirement benefits, and safety/certification training. These venues include Angels of the Wind Arena, ShoWare, White River Amphitheater, The Gorge, the Tacoma Dome, Lumen Field (Seahawks), and T-Mobile Park (Seattle Mariners).

IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb said, “It’s remarkable that we were able to get these venues under contract following such a painful time for the industry. Though others have wielded the pandemic as a weapon against workers and their contracts, I am encouraged to see the Pacific Northwest leading the way in creating a more sustainable industry going forward.” Read more ➔



2021 Behind the Scenes Charity Holiday Cards are on sale now


The 2021 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards are on sale now at the BTS Boutique. Sending a card lets your recipients know you support your industry kin and the BTS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative. Order deadline is Sept 30. Order here ➔



IATSE Education and Training Department Presents Building Mindful Muscle Memory – Healthy Shoulders, Neck, and Hands


Join instructor Reggie Hubbard for an hour of wellness, stretching, and breathing as well as a conversation about creating a wellness routine.  Register here ➔


Featured Member Story



Prop/EFX and Character Designer Bryan Bae Discusses Being Deaf/HOH (Hard-of-Hearing), and How He Works With TAG'S Group For Deaf, DIsabled, And Neurodiverse Members



"I’m a prop/EFX and character designer, currently doing freelance character design for Titmouse. I’ve done work for Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, and Disney TV, as well. Growing up watching Saturday morning cartoons, I knew I wanted to pursue animation.


I always thought it would be hard for me to get into the industry because of my issue with hearing, as it can sometimes make communication difficult. It’s very challenging, but I overcame that fear by knowing that there are people out there who are willing to help me get to where I want to be. It took a long time, but I’m super thankful that the people I’ve worked with were patient with me.


I’m glad the TAG committees are working hard and becoming more involved with those people in need. My friend Marie Lum started the TAG Local 839 Group for Deaf, Disabled, and Neurodiverse (DDNV), and I’m one of the co-leaders who’s here to help and do my best to make each individual with a disability feel safe and supported!" Read more 



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