Tentative agreement between Strathmore concert venue and IATSE Local 868 representing ticket-sellers

Posted on: November 12, 2021

“After a two-year stalemate … Strathmore has reached a tentative agreement with its unionized box office staff that extends their contract through June 2024,” writes Peggy McGlone in Thursday’s (11/11) Washington Post. “The agreement between the venue and members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 868, who authorized a strike in June, preserves full- and part-time jobs and includes minor wage increases, the union said. Members will vote on ratification Monday evening…. The deal paves the way for the return of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which moved or canceled the first 11 concerts it had planned for Strathmore this season because of the threat of a strike. After months of quiet negotiations, the dispute became public in September when the orchestra announced it would not perform its season-opening concerts at Strathmore because the parties could not agree on how to proceed … in the event of a strike…. The tentative agreement comes a week after Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said he had reached out to the venue to encourage them find a solution. The county-owned facility … is leased to the nonprofit Strathmore Hall Foundation…. The orchestra has performed at Strathmore since it opened in 2005.”