IATSE Local 295 and Regina’s Globe Theatre Reach Agreement

by Jacob Coakley
IATSE Local 295 members at the Globe Theatre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, have ratified their first union contract with the theatre.
IATSE Local 295 members at the Globe Theatre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, have ratified their first union contract with the theatre.

IATSE Local 295 has ratified the first agreement between production employees and the Globe Theatre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. After filing for recognition from the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board in March of 2011, months of negotiation came to fruition, and a strike was averted, when IATSE and the Globe came to an agreement earlier this year. On June 25 the employees voted to ratify the agreement. According to the IATSE press release, below, the three-year agreement “includes increases to wages for both full- and part-time employees, a benefit plan and the implementation of progressive discipline.”

LOCAL 295 RATIFIES FIRST AGREEMENT WITH REGINA'S GLOBE THEATRE

REGINA, SK, July 10 – On March 4, 2011, Local 295 filed an application for certification with the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board for all production employees of the Globe Theatre. The 406-seat theatre was founded in 1966 and is the province's largest professional theatre company.  The employer fought the certification and dates were set  for both parties to appear before the Labour Board.

After a series of hearings, the Board issued its decision in favour of Local 295 and rejected efforts by the employer both to disqualify the department heads and to include props builders who had worked at the venue previously and in a limited capacity. On October 12, 2011, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board issued Local 295 the certification for all production employees at the Globe.  Negotiations for a first collective agreement were scheduled to begin in December.

Prior to the start of negotiations, the relationship got off to a rocky start after one of the department heads was fired.  Eventually, an arbitrator was engaged to settle that issue.  Negotiations continued during this time, but broke down when Local 295 rejected the Globe's final offer and alerted the bargaining unit that it would be holding a strike vote.  The arbitrator's final decision was in favour of the union, and the fired employee was re-instated, with back pay.

The Globe eventually withdrew its final offer and the parties resumed negotiations.  On April 25, 2012, two hours before the strike vote was to take place, an agreement was concluded.  The three-year agreement includes increases to wages for both full- and part-time employees, a benefit plan and the implementation of progressive discipline.  On June 25, the employees of the Globe voted unanimously, by secret ballot, to ratify their first collective agreement.

The IATSE is an International Union that represents members employed in the stagecraft, motion picture and television production, and trade show industries throughout the United States, its Territories, and Canada.

For more info about the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, visit www.iatse-intl.org