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IATSE Local 13: Workers at Children’s Theater win voluntary union recognition

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, February 17, 2024
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A group of 29 workers at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis have won voluntary union recognition from management.

The workers include front of house, ticketing staff and other public-facing workers and will become members of Local 13 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Local 13 already represents the stagehands at Children’s Theatre and other local performance venues.

IATSE’s website reported, however, that “this marks the first time the local will extend its representation to front of house and public-facing workers.”

“I think because of this big win, other front of house and public-facing workers will feel a little more confident in organizing their workplaces,” Kellie Larson, organizing committee member said.

“This organizing campaign would not have gone as smoothly if it was not for the complete solidarity of this unit,” said IATSE representative Amanda Sager. “They were on top of everything from the start.”