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Talks between Shaw Festival and Union Break Down

Media Release #4

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, February 23, 2010 . . . The Shaw Festival announced today talks between management and IATSE Local 461 regarding the collective agreements for the Facilities, Production and Audience Sales and Services departments have broken down. 

The Union acquired bargaining rights over the Facilities department on July 25, 2008. Collective agreements in both the Audience Sales and Services and Production departments expired on November 30, 2008. 

Numerous negotiation sessions have taken place regarding the Facilities bargaining unit. The Shaw has also made repeated efforts to try and negotiate the renewal of Audience Sales and Services and Production contracts without success.

The parties met with a mediator appointed by the Ministry of Labour on February 18 and reached a tentative agreement on the Facilities contract at approximately 9 pm. At approximately 12:45 am on February 19, that agreement fell apart.

The parties agreed to return to the bargaining table on February 22 to revisit the Facilities contract. Those talks were again unsuccessful. The Shaw remains willing to return to the bargaining table as it continues to prepare to launch its 49th season with previews beginning April 1.


In the spirit of George Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases.

For more information, or to download images from our image bank to accompany this release, members of the media may contact:

Odette Yazbeck
Public Relations Director
(905) 468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
(905) 468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224

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