Local IATSE votes in favor of Mirvish strike

Union aims to close wage gap between male, female workers

TORONTO – IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) has Mirvish Productions, Canada's biggest theatre producer, in its cross-hairs for a possible labor disruption.

IATSE Local 822, representing mostly female workers in the wardrobe, hair and makeup departments at Mirvish's Toronto stage productions, said its 92% of its members voted Tuesday in favor of possible strike action.

Mirvish and its unionized workers are apparently at odds over closing a wage gap among women and men working in Toronto theatres.

The strike threat, the first-ever from the IATSE local, follows unionized employees on Tuesday rejecting Mirvish Productions' latest formal offer to revamp its pay structure.

Mirvish currently has "Rain: A Tribute To the Beatles" running at the Canon Theatre, "Love, Loss and What I Wore," by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, at the Panasonic Theatre, "Legally Blonde: The Musical" at the Princess of Wales, and "Rock of Ages" at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

The North American union said it will bring its potential labor disruption to all four Toronto theatres.

Mirvish Productions late Thursday said bargaining with IATSE Local 822 will shortly resume, and that the union agreed not to start any labour action while both parties remained at the negotiating table."