IATSE Protests Pittsburgh Kenny Chesney Concert

PITTSBURGH, PA (AP) — About 50 members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees protested outside of the Steelers’ South Side training facility on Wednesday, after the organization hired out-of-town workers for an upcoming Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field.

The stagehands also plan to protest at the event, scheduled for June 9.

The Steelers organization released a statement saying that it made a fair offer to local workers but that the stage union demanded “premium pay” exceeding union compensation for identical work that it does in Washington County, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“The result is that fewer and fewer concerts come to Allegheny County each year,” the statement read, according to the paper. “It is unfortunate that Local 3 leadership will keep its members picketing at future concerts rather than working at them.” –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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