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IATSE Local 58 members vote in favour of ratifying contract with Exhibition Place to end four-month lockout

Toronto, November 15, 2018 / – Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 58 voted at a general meeting this morning in favour of ratifying a proposed contract with Exhibition Place, bringing to a close an arduous and often volatile four-month lock out imposed by the city-owned venue on July 20.

The contract ratification follows almost a year of deliberations between IATSE Local 58 and Exhibition Place, which culminated in a marathon 21-hour mediated bargaining session on Tuesday, November 13.

Though IATSE Local 58 members voted to accept the contract, Local 58 president Justin Antheunis acknowledges that the union is angry about the concessions they were forced to accept and they “took it on the chin” in order to get back to work, calling the lock out and many terms of the agreement a blatant attack on workers.

“This contract is a reflection of the continued attacks on workers at the hands of the city of Toronto supported by anti-union ideology coming from the province,” says Antheunis. “We may lose some work under the terms of this contract, but we will continue to fight for workers’ rights, both under this agreement and across the city.”

The main sticking point throughout deliberations has been the city’s mandate to contract out union jobs on Exhibition Place grounds, which Local 58 maintains is a union-busting exercise. Though IATSE Local 58 made several concessions, including some involving this stipulation, the Exhibition Place Board of Governors continued to reject the union’s proposals until November 13, when compromises were ultimately agreed upon.

“I don’t think either party is happy with how things worked out,” says Antheunis. “But we continue our commitment to serving Exhibition Place with the same level of professionalism and technical skill we have for more than 100 years, and look forward to working with Ex Place management to increase business while getting our members back to work.”

Justin Antheunis
IATSE Local 58

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  • Robert Masson

    Bonne nouvelle pour tous
    Sortir d’ un lock-out c’est toujours une bonne nouvelle

  • Thane

    This is a great example of why we need anti-scab legislation, especially for lockouts. It’s unfair that management were able to present you with effectively the choice between a bad deal and never being allowed to work. =(

    Thank you for standing up for workers.

  • Susan Timewell-Jeffs

    Capitalism continues to take a toll on Union and non union workers. The constant need to increase the lining of shareholders pockets will be the death of meaningful and sufficient paying jobs in first world countries. Unions are afraid to stand up to corporations because in the long run it will just mean job losses. There are no checks and balances to prevent this from happening. While I am happy IATSE(of which I’m not a member) is back to work, it is not without considerable losses.

  • Gus Meunier

    Proud of local 58

  • Dan Nullmeyer

    I personally as a member of Iatse Local 58 would like to thank our members who fought very hard and long both at the table and on the picket line for several months to get us back to work at Ex Place. A Big thank you for the efforts put in by President Antheunis, Business Agent Robinson, Ex Place steward Mark Goldenberg and brother Mike Ellington. Together we are indeed stronger and live to fight another day for fairness and a livable wage. Thanks to all people members of our own local family frineds and brothers and sisters who stood with us on the line. Thank you must also go out to Toronto Companies like solo tech, westbury national, freelance technicians who expressed no intrest in crossing our picket line to do our work. Thanks must also go out to bands like Craig Martin of classic rock live and the carpet frogs who also would not cross out line.

  • Brenda Kamino

    Anti union activity on the part of the City due to the Province’s own anti union sentiments is outrageous and I am very angry the workers have to sacrifice their own principals and work opportunities in order to get back to work. For shame.

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