Kimmel Center and unionized stagehands make a deal in Philadelphia

Stagehands and other theatrical workers in Philadelphia are back on the job after having reached a contract agreement.  The deal puts the orchestra and other performing arts groups back in their homes.  

Kimmel Center management and the Stage Employees union reached a tentative three-year deal yesterday.  Michael Barnes of the union says it is a contract that gives everyone something to be happy about.

“We were able to address a few issues that were important, social media, simulcast issues that allows our resident companies to build up their audiences, we think that was a win win for everybody,” said Barnes.

Kimmel Center President Anne Ewers says she negotiated a contract with the future of performing arts in the city in mind.  She says union cooperation is a major part of the plan.

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“We know by being creative with them, supporting them we will be able to provide more work for our wonderful unions,” said Ewers.

The agreement also covers wardrobe workers and ticket-takers among others who work in the Kimmel venues.  Details of the pact were not made available since it’s still waiting ratification by the rank and file.

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