IATSE, Shaw Festival reach tentative deal

Members have been on strike for a week

TORONTO -- The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has reached a tentative deal with Canada's prestigious Shaw Festival to end a weeklong strike.

Officials at IATSE Local 461 said marathon bargaining talks successfully hammered out a first collective agreement for 16 facility workers at the center of the labor dispute.

IATSE is recommending acceptance of the labor deal with the annual live theater festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, which now awaits ratification by unionized members.

IATSE workers will also vote on another two tentative agreements earlier negotiated between the festival management and union representatives for production and audience sales employees.

Terms of all three agreements were not disclosed.

The festival on March 10 locked out 16 facility workers, which prompted full-scale strike action a day later by remaining unionized workers at the festival.
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