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Goodman Theatre Strike Ends !

Stage and technical crew and other members of the Theatrical Stage Employees Union, I.A.T.S.E. Local 2, Chicago, went from backstage to the picket lines outside Chicago's newest theatre building, The Goodman Theatre, in a strike action Sunday, March 4th, 2001
Stage and technical crew and other members of the Theatrical Stage Employees Union, I.A.T.S.E. Local 2, Chicago, went from backstage to the picket lines outside Chicago's newest theatre building, The Goodman Theatre, in a strike action Sunday, March 4th, 2001

After seven months of negotiations, with the union continually cutting back on its proposed wage scale and jurisdiction, while the Goodman continued to present
essentially the same offer over the duration of the negotiations, talks broke down on February 14, 2001. The strike action occurred on the final day of performances
of the U.S. premiere production run of Alan Ayckbourn's "House" & "Garden" (two separate, but linked plays performed at the same time, with the same cast, in two separate theatres).

At 10:15am CDT, on April 18th, 2001, the stagehands of the Goodman Theatre ratified and signed their first IATSE contract with the Goodman Theatre.

After 45 days, 23 hours, and 45 minutes, the strike that began March 4th, 2001 is finally over!

The stagehands would like to thank those who supported them during this difficult time, especially NABET Local 41 for their very generous use of their offices to rest and warm up in, as well as snacks and a very much appreciated (and well used) propane heater.

The stagehands also would like to thank all the Chicago area stagehands who supported this strike by not working at the Goodman during the duration of it.

The stagehands would like everyone who did not patronize the Goodman, exchanged their tickets, or asked for refunds during this time to please come back and enjoy the beautiful new building, and the shows that we are proud to be a part of. Thank you for your support, and we hope that you will return
to the theatre that we have loved working at for years.


Thank you for supporting the stagehands that build, hang, and run the shows that you see at the Goodman!
 
 

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