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Industry News Titaníque Backstage Workers Unionize With IATSE

Six crew members working on the Off-Broadway parody musical voted unanimously to join the theatrical union, part of a growing trend.

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Six crew members working for Off-Broadway's Titaníque have unanimously voted to unionize with theatrical union IATSE. The National Labor Relations Board election, held February 9, makes their union status official irrespective of voluntary recognition (or lack thereof) from the production.

The move is part of a growing trend in Off-Broadway theatre, whose backstage workers are currently largely non-union, unlike their Broadway counterparts. Results of Titaníque's vote arrived as the industry awaits the results of a similar move from backstage workers at Atlantic Theater Company.

The NLRB was scheduled to tabulate votes February 13, but has been delayed due to short staffing. Results are still expected this week.

Unionizing allows workers to collectively bargain, in hopes of improving working conditions, raising salaries, gaining health benefits, and more. Higher wages and other demands that often come with unionizations will also, however, raise production costs, which has the potential to come with higher-priced tickets and other changes to the Off-Broadway business model.

“Off-Broadway workers are energized, and they want a seat at the table,” says IATSE Representative Dan Little in a statement. “This crew has helped to spark the movement. They understand that with a union they have a voice and the power to improve their jobs.”

Requests for comment sent to Titaníque's production representatives were not returned as of time of publication.

The jukebox parody musical, inspired by James Cameron's 1997 film epic and the song catalogue of Céline Dion, continues its run at the Daryl Roth Theatre, where performances are currently scheduled through September 29.

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