Stagehands at New York City’s Little Island have voted unanimously to unionize with IATSE Local One. The 2.4-acre public park, which opened final year and is perched on columns above the Hudson River, employs 25 stagehands who work at its 687-seat amphitheater and out of doors efficiency space generally known as the Glade.
“We at Local One are proud to represent the crew at Little Island and are ready to take their concerns and needs to the bargaining table and give them a voice where they haven’t had one before,” stated said IATSE Local One President Mike Wekselblatt. “Today is a great day for the crew of Little Island, Local One and the labor movement in America.”
“The crew at Little Island stood together in solidarity because they understand the benefits of union representation,” stated John Lott, IATSE Local One trustee and organizer. “They are an integral part of the performances at the park and deserve a living wage, as well as the benefits and protections in the workplace that Local One representation provides. For the past 137 years, Local One has represented stagehands on Broadway, live television, concerts, and live events in the New York City area, and the crew of 25 at Little Island are continuing that tradition.”
The transfer to unionize at Little Island is a part of a wave of organizing efforts throughout the nation. The National Labor Relations Board reviews that through the first 9 months of fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021-June 30, 2022), union illustration petitions filed with the company have elevated by an historic 58%. And in accordance with a current Gallop Poll, 71% of Americans now assist labor unions.
“Stagehands at Little Island join the thousands of workers across America organizing for power on the job,” IATSE stated in an announcement.