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Yes for the Union

The stagehands of the Wilma Theater vote Yes to recognize IATSE Local 8 as their union; Yes for collective bargaining.

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A Letter from Local 8 President Barnes

To the Wilma Theater Stagehands,
Welcome! The membership of the IATSE Local 8 look forward to you and your co-workers at the Wilma Theater joining the largest union of theatrical technicians in the United States and Canada. Many of your brother and sisters working in regional theater companies are already part of The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Being part of a larger community makes everyone stronger, safer and better represented at our places of employment.
To that end the IATSE Local 8 filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to recognize your union. In four weeks there will be an election and the opportunity to formally join other stage employees in community.
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Good Jobs Provide Good Benefits

Represented stagehands receive benefits through Employer Contributions, typically above and beyond hourly wages.


The IATSE National Benefit Funds are multi-employer, Taft-Hartley trust funds established by the IATSE through collective bargaining with various entertainment industry employers. Generally, funding comes from contributing employers that are engaged in industries such as live theatre, motion picture, television, commercials, music videos, and trade shows and that have Collective Bargaining Agreements with IATSE or an affiliated local union. The Funds are governed by Boards of Trustees made up of an equal number of representatives of the IATSE (labor) and the employers (management). The IATSE National Benefit Funds include the Pension, Annuity, Health & Welfare, and Vacation Funds. Employees and employers participate in one or more Funds, depending on the terms of their Collective Bargaining Agreement. 
What makes multi-employer benefit funds so appealing is they allow sma…