Kennedy Center and IATSE ratify contract through 2023

Posted on: October 14, 2021

A headline on The Hub yesterday, about contract negotiations at the Kennedy Center, was incorrect. We regret ​the error. The correct headline is above. The text ​that follows is the same that was on The Hub yesterday. “Two days after authorizing a strike, the stagehands union reached a deal Saturday with the Kennedy Center, ensuring the run of ‘Hadestown’ and a slate of other dance, theater and music performances will be presented as planned,” write Peggy McGlone and Kelsey Ables in Saturday’s (10/9) Washington Post. “Members of Local 22 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees ratified a deal that extends through 2023 and is retroactive to September 2020. It also includes a first-year wage freeze and modest increases in the second and third years. The contract outlines the union’s role in events at the Reach, the arts center’s expansion, and establishes covid protocols…. The deal comes more than a year after the stagehands’ contract expired in September of 2020. Leading up to the resolution, unresolved issues dragged out negotiations, including disagreements over staffing levels, wages and overtime pay…. A strike was authorized on Thursday after a unanimous vote by members of Local 22…. The contract expired six months after the center closed because of the pandemic, putting most union members out of work…. The Kennedy Center … which … fully reopened in September, … will enter 2022 with a projected deficit of $7 million.”