IATSE Local 58 Organizes Crew at the Daniels Spectrum

by Naomi Crews
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IATSE Local 58 is now the certified bargaining agent for employees at Daniels SpectrumIATSE Local 58 received certification from the Ontario Labour Relations Board as the bargaining agent for stage employees at the Daniels Spectrum.

IATSE Local 58 Organizes Crew at the Daniels Spectrum

TORONTO, ONOn February 4, 2015, the Ontario Labour Relations Board certified IATSE Local 58 as the bargaining agent for all stage employees of Toronto Artscape working at the Daniels Spectrum.  After a brief organizing campaign, Local 58 filed for certification of stage employees at the venue on August 7, 2014.  Located in Toronto’s Regent Park, Daniels Spectrum is committed to supporting the creation and production of visual and performing arts in this downtown neighbourhood.  It is comprised of three spaces; the Artscape Lounge for small performances and exhibits, the MDC Partners Courtyard for smaller outdoor productions, and the Ada Slaight Hall, which features a large performance and event space that can accommodate up to 400 seats.

The representation vote was held on August 14 and after Artscape withdrew its objections, the ballots were counted in favour of IATSE Local 58.  The new members of Local 58 are looking forward to negotiating and working under their first collective agreement.

The IATSE is an International Union representing members employed in the stagecraft, motion picture and television production, and tradeshow industries throughout the United States, its Territories, and Canada. Founded in 1893, the IATSE is the largest union representing workers in the entertainment industry.