Local One and Tony Awards Reach Red Carpet Agreement

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Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and Tony Award Productions Inc. have reached an agreement on union staffing of the red carpet staging area for the 2011 Tony Awards, which will be presented June 12 at the Beacon Theatre.

"The Tony Awards and Local One IATSE are very pleased that, together, we were able to reach an agreement, to produce the Tony Awards red carpet on Sunday evening. The fact remains that Sunday is a true celebration of the Broadway community and all of the outstanding work that has been nominated this season," James J. Claffey, Jr., president of Local One IATSE, and Allan Williams, general manager of Tony Award Productions Inc., said in a joint statement.

Both labor and management are satisfied with the terms and conditions of the agreement, which will not be publically disclosed.

The red carpet staging area for this and future Tony Award shows at the Beacon Theatre will be staffed by union labor.


Local One, the stagehand union of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, had threatened to picket the Red Carpet at the June 12 Tony Awards for its use of non-union employees. Because the Tony ceremony is being held at the Beacon Theatre, a much smaller venues than Radio City Music Hall, which has hosted the annual event for several years, the Red Carpet is being positioned across the street from the Beacon. Because of its location, the producers of the 65th Annual Tony Awards were not required to employ union labor as they are for most of the Tony show.

The use of the previously announced outside crew to work the Red Carpet also stemmed from the fact that the Beacon Theatre seats roughly half the audience Radio City Music Hall can hold. Loss of revenue from those ticket sales meant Tony Awards Productions had less funds to work with to staff the event.

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