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Riviera Stagehands To "Trick-or-Treat" For Union Contract At JAM Productions

WHAT: Local clergy and JAM Productions stagehands workers, represented by IATSE Local 2, will "trick-or-treat" for a union contract at the JAM Productions offices.

Clergy will deliver a letter of support to owner, Jerry Mickelson.

Workers and clergy will then hold a press conference to announce the union's filing of an NLRB charge Thursday morning alleging the company is illegally refusing to negotiate.

WHEN: TODAY, Thursday, October 20th at 10 a.m.

WHERE: JAM Productions offices: 207 W Goethe Street.

WHO: JAM Productions Riviera stagehands workers, IATSE Vice President, local clergy and community leaders, Arise Chicago, Chicago Federation of Musicians band.

VISUALS: Workers and community supporters in Halloween costumes Trick-or-Treating for a union contract at the JAM offices. Local clergy delivering a letter signed by religious leaders. Lively band playing music.

BACKGROUND: In September 2015, JAM Productions stagehands working at the Riviera Theatre in Uptown expressed interest in union representation by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 2.

JAM Productions owner Jerry Mickelson immediately fired the entire stage crew.

After issuing a complaint, the National Labor Relations Board reached a settlement with JAM requiring it to rehire the fired workers.

The NLRB then held an election, in which a majority of the workers voted for representation by Local 2.

Despite the NLRB's certification of Local 2 as the workers' chosen union in June, Jerry Mickelson has refused to negotiate, as the law requires, leading Local 2 to file an NLRB charge on October 20th.

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See also:

* Tribune: Riviera Theatre Stagehands Claim Firing Was Due To Union Organizing.

* Consequence of Sound: Former JAM Productions Stagehands Speak Out On Mass Firing.

* DeRogatis: Jam Productions vs. Stagehands.

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Posted on October 20, 2016


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