IATSE, Mirvish secure new agreements
Last month, group secured authorization to launch a strikeTORONTO -- Stepping back from the brink, IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) has secured new collective agreements with Canada's largest theatre producer, Mirvish Productions.
IATSE Local 822, representing mostly women in the wardrobe, hair and makeup departments at Mirvish Productions, on Friday overwhelmingly ratified two collective agreements for live theatre shows at the Canon, Panasonic, Princess of Wales, and Royal Alexandra Theatres in Toronto.
The agreements follow IATSE last month securing member authorization to launch a strike to close an apparent wage gap among women and men working in the four Toronto theatres (HR, July 30).
Both sides in the dispute returned to the bargaining table on August 9, and quickly hammered out new six-year agreements retroactive to 2008.
IATSE employees at the Mirvish theatres are to receive wage increases of 3%, 3% and 2% in the first three years, and in year four, wage hikes ranging from 2.5% to 3%.
The final two years of the agreements will also see Local 822's mostly female membership receive the same dollar-for-dollar increases as the stagehands working in the same Toronto theatres.