Lyric Opera & IATSE Sign Labor Deal




Lyric Opera and IATSE Sign Multi-Year Labor Deal


CHICAGO (10/3/2018) – Lyric Opera of Chicago and representatives of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced today that Stagehands Local 2, Wardrobe Local 769, Hair and Make-Up Local 476 and Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Local 750 entered into multi-year labor agreements. Each of these agreements was unanimously ratified by the membership of each IATSE local.

While agreement details vary, all the locals agreed to reduced crew sizes in each department and fewer guaranteed opera season weeks, allowing Lyric the flexibility to align the season schedule with audience demand.

Craig Carlson, Business Manager of Local 2 stated, “Opera, in general, is experiencing difficult economic times. Lyric has been a responsible employer for more than sixty years and as a good business partner, we’re obligated to help them. It’s important they maintain their standing as a world class opera company.”

Dan Garnett, Business Manager of Local 750 said, “Ticket sales for classical events of all kinds have declined substantially both in Chicago and across the country. Obviously, these are challenging times for them. It just makes sense for us to work with Lyric, so we can all get through this together.”

Thomas Pusateri, Business Manager of Wardrobe Local 769 stated, “While this agreement reduces weeks in the opera season, Lyric has added dance performances and musicals that give our members new opportunities. We don’t use as many people on musicals or dance, but we need to be good team players.”

Mark Hogan, Local 476 Business Manager representing Hair and Make-Up Artists said, “We allowed smaller crew sizes and fewer weekly guarantees to insure Lyric remains viable. We’d rather have part of something than all of nothing.”

Anthony Freud, General Director of Lyric Opera stated, “Lyric Opera is looking forward to an exciting and successful future by recognizing the challenges of a rapidly changing and unpredictable business environment and by adapting in order to benefit from its opportunities. We appreciate our IATSE family’s commitment to excellence, hard work and spirit of cooperation. We look forward to our continued collaboration as the company evolves.”


From: Lisa Middleton, Vice President, Marketing & Communications


Holly H. Gilson
Senior Director, Communications

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Director of Media Relations




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