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Daylong Theater Strike in Philadelphia Ends

The Philadelphia chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents stagehands, ushers, box office personnel and wardrobe workers, has ended its all-day strike that began on Oct. 1, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Kimmel Center cancelled all Saturday events due to the strike. The union has announced a one-week respite, during which time, events from Oct. 2 through at least next Sunday, Oct. 9 will go on as planned. Negotiations between the employees and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will reportedly resume no sooner than Oct. 10.

IATSE Local 8 members struck after their current chapter contract, which applies to roughly 1,000 workers from the Kimmel Center, the Merriam Theater, and the Philadelphia Academy of Music, expired Friday at midnight. Discussions between the union and the Kimmel Center reportedly broke down last week after the two parties could not reach a consensus regarding protecting and expanding chapter jurisdiction, benefits, wages, and working conditions.
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