Pittsburgh Stagehands Union Strikes

PITTSBURGH (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Stagehands for Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, voted unanimously to authorize a strike after turning down a one-year contract from Pittsburgh Steelers Sports, Inc.

Contract talks stalled when members of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees rejected PSSI Stadium Corporation’s proposal for a two-tiered pay system for new and old employees, along with elimination of overtime on Sunday and prime pay for working overnight hours.

The union authorized the strike only one day before a Steelers World Champions celebration concert featuring Bon Jovi was set to take place. Union members planned to hand out flyers at the event, but did not plan to picket or disrupt the concert.

PSSI released a statement through the Steelers the before the concert, saying: “We had numerous meetings with IATSE Local 3 representatives in an effort to agree to wages, benefits payments and other terms and conditions so their members could work Sunday’s concert and future concerts that we hope to produce at Heinz Field.” –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers