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Philly Stagehand Strike Reaches an End

Philly Stagehand Strike Reaches an End

Stagehands will soon join not-for-profit Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of "The Mountaintop."

After a two-plus-weeks strike, Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) has finally struck an agreement with IATSE Local 8, representing the theater's stagehands. The deal, announced Feb. 1, still needs to be ratified by the union leaders and PTC's board of directors.

In a statement, PTC's artistic director Sara Garonzik said, "During several lengthy meetings all afternoon and last evening, the union made significant movement to come closer to the terms which...had previously been rejected by the union... We have negotiated a settlement that is reasonable for PTC and appropriate to our size."

Union representative Mike Barnes told Philly Mag that the deal for the stagehands includes "job protection, overtime after eight hours, double-time after midnight, and wage increases of 7.75 to 10 percent over three years for employees earning an hourly rate of $15 to $19, while fee-based workers received a 6 percent raise."

PTC is currently producing "The Mountaintop," about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night, which will run through Feb. 17 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. As pointed out, PTC is the only Equity and resident theater in the city of Philadelphia that uses union stagehands.

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