Fashion Week Labor Dispute Resolved

The labor dispute that threatened to mar Fashion Week’s first events at Lincoln Center with protesters and picket lines has come to a resolution.

The Wall Street Journal reports that IMG Fashion, which produces New York Fashion Week, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees negotiated from Monday until late Thursday to come to an agrement. Under the terms the two organizations reached, union labor will help produce Fashion Week events for the next three years.

“The agreement…will ensure IMG Fashion’s ability to present this premier event using world class talent from the New York theatrical industry,” the two groups said in a joint statement. “We are pleased with the outcome and will continue to coordinate efforts as the event gets underway in September.”

The original dispute arose when Local One, an outpost of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, threatened to picket Fashion Week events if it didn’t get contracts to produce all of them. The union only had jurisdiction to produce events inside the center, but IMG Fashion planned events in the center’s plaza and in nearby Damrosch Park.

Now that Local One is going to produce everything, show attendees have one less group of protestors to worry about. But not for long: the three-year contract does not cover Fashion Week’s five-year tenure at Lincoln Center, but we’re hoping that by the spring 2014 ready-to-wear presentations, the two groups will be able to come to another agreement.

[Via The Wall Street Journal]
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