Kennedy Center faces likely stagehands strike

Kennedy Center faces likely stagehands strike


norman lebrecht

October 08, 2021

Talks have broken down with IATSE.

The Center says: ‘After more than a year of discussions and over 16 hours of talks yesterday, the Kennedy Center is disappointed that negotiations with its stagehands, IATSE Local 22, have now stalled over a single issue.’

It adds: ‘The ongoing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic have put the Kennedy Center in an unpredictable and uncertain financial position, resulting in a $9 million deficit for the recently completed fiscal year (2021) and leaving a projected deficit of $7 million for 2022. Given the reality of our financial situation and the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic, the impacts on our programming, our community, and our budget make expanded jurisdiction unsustainable. After a year of unprecedented hardship, the Center has been able to reopen its stages and restore work for the union’s members. We remain committed to working with our stagehands to identify a path forward and reach an agreement that reflects the complexities of the pandemic landscape and allows us to continue the world-class performances that are our purpose.

‘The union has not notified us of a work stoppage. At this time, all performances and events will proceed as scheduled. Patrons will be advised immediately should this change.’



  • MacroV says:

    This seems to be a thing in the DC area; the Baltimore Symphony has been cancelling concerts at the Strathmore hall because of an impassed with IATSE over a contract for front-of-house personnel.