April 18, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - A stagehand died this week after falling while working on a concert venue at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Tony Haines, 61, of Atlantic City, died Sunday after falling off the top-level bleacher section of the Event Center at Borgata. Sources say he was tearing up a set with elevated seating for the headliner act the night before, the comedian Jerry Seinfeld, when he fell about 12 feet to the ground. The show was sold out, so bleacher seating was needed. It remained unclear why Haines lost his balance.
September 3, 2014 |
By the time Labor Day dawned, steamy and soggy on the Made in America concert site on the Parkway, union stagehand Colin Peters and his overnight crew had just about wrapped up dismantling the three miles of barricades. The concertgoers, soaked by Sunday night's rainstorm, had long gone, and Peters and his crew packed up and shipped out two of the four stages, even as headliner Kings of Leon finished up on the main stage. The barricades came down next, mostly in miserable conditions.
September 2, 2014 |
Nothing stopped stagehand James Pisano, 25, from reporting for work at Made in America for a 5 a.m. call Sunday. Not his Saturday shift, which ended at 3 a.m. Sunday, just two hours before his start time. Not the 90 minutes of a break that he spent in the hospital with not much of an injured wrist. "Stagehands heal fast," he joked, waiting backstage to unload one of seven two-ton tractor trailers packed with gear for Sunday night's headliner, Kings of Leon. Everything about Made in America is big - lots of bands, lots of land, a big crowd, tents, miles of barricades, miles of cable, swarms of workers, many in the trademark black T-shirts and pants that are the mark of the behind-the-scenes crew.
October 4, 2013 |
A stagehand strike has forced the cancellation of Carnegie Hall's Wednesday night black-tie gala season-opener, at which the Philadelphia Orchestra was to have been the featured ensemble. The stagehands, represented by Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, were working under a contract that expired Aug. 31, and called a strike at 8 a.m., according to a union statement. "Carnegie Hall sincerely regrets any inconvenience this strike will cause our artists, concertgoers, and everyone with whom we work," said Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic Director of Carnegie Hall.
March 9, 2013
Despite a weeklong picketing effort at the Electric Factory, members of the Philadelphia stagehands union will work at two sold-out shows Friday and Saturday by the Dropkick Murphys as part of a deal reached with the Boston band. The band will pay two union members to unload its equipment outside the venue at 421 N. Seventh St., said Michael Barnes, business manager of Local 8 of the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees. Stagehands working for Electric Factory will handle the equipment inside the building.
March 8, 2013 |
The Philadelphia stagehands union has targeted the Electric Factory with pickets for a week to get better pay and benefits for workers at the popular venue, union officials said. However, union members will be working - sort of - at two sold-out shows Friday and Saturday nights by the Dropkick Murphys as part of a deal reached with the Boston band. It's all about pro-union solidarity, Michael Barnes, business manager of Local 8 of the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees, said Thursday.
February 3, 2013 |
Stagehands at the Philadelphia Theatre Company ratified their first labor contract Friday, ending a 15-day strike that disrupted the theater's run of The Mountaintop . The 27 members of Local 8 of the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees approved a three-year deal that gives them raises and contributions to health and welfare benefits, and commits in a written contract to past labor practices at the Suzanne Roberts Theater...
January 25, 2013 |
Scenes from a strike: A nighttime projectionist set up in the middle of Broad Street, beaming antimanagement messages onto a building. Protesters with strike placards facing the plateglass windows of a theater lobby while staring down audience members inside. A labor dispute in which both sides appropriate the messages of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Philadelphia may be used to strikes at construction sites and outside corporate headquarters, but this one is different.
January 21, 2013 |
Stagehands for the Philadelphia Theatre Company went on strike Friday just as the theater was readying previews for The Mountaintop , Katori Hall's play based on the "reimagining" of events the night before the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday night's performance was canceled because of the strike. Saturday night, about two dozen stagehands picketed outside the theater, some yelling, "You're crossing a picket line!" to theatergoers as they arrived. The next preview is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
January 20, 2013 |
B EHIND-THE-SCENES workers from the Philadelphia Theatre Co. took center stage Friday afternoon as they continued their two-day-old strike by protesting in front of the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on South Broad Street. Stagehands who recently unionized, including electricians, carpenters and prop makers, vowed not to return to work until management agreed to a contract with benefits, raises and improved work rules. A temporary contract expired in November. Negotiations fell through earlier this week but resumed Friday.