CLEVELAND, Ohio — After accusations circulated last week that the venue for this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival locked out union projectionists, the parties have reached a settlement.
A joint statement containing details of the agreement between Playhouse Square and International Association of Theater Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 160 will be released on Monday, according to North Shore AFL-CIO Chief Dan O’Malley. Members of IATSE Local 160 are part of the North Shore AFL-CIO.
The tentative agreement was reached Saturday morning, IATSE Local 160 President John Galinac said.
According to Galinac, workers from the non-union video equipment rental company hired by the film festival will be the main operators of the equipment. However, under the agreement, three workers from IATSE Local 160 will be available to provide technical assistance throughout the festival, from March 30 to April 9.
IATSE Local 160 workers will be paid the Playhouse Square contract rate, Galinac said.
Ahead of Saturday’s deal, union officials claimed Playhouse Square was using a loophole in a collective bargaining agreement that calls in IATSE Local 160 workers whenever theaters need projectionists. According to the union, Playhouse Square claimed that it was not presenting the show; it’s just letting the film festival use the space.
Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer have reached out to Playhouse Square and the Cleveland International Film Festival for comment.
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