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Stagehands Contract


7.(e) Mr. Henley reported that the contract with the local stagehands' union expired June 30, 1945. They now insist upon a new contract to include increased demands. We believe that no contract is necessary but that the stagehands should be employed when necessary, the scale of wages to be agreed upon in advance. Mr. Lee R. Norvelle recently had a conference with the New York office of the union but nothing definite was worked out. The 1945-46 Auditorium Series begins October 18 with an opera and orchestra requiring the services of the stagehands, and there are other numbers of this kind in the Series. Mr. Biddle suggested that in the future perhaps only such numbers should be booked as do not require the services of the stagehands. In any event, the demands of the union here should not exceed those of the union at Indianapolis.

On motion of Mr. McCarty, seconded by Mrs. Maurer, the matter was referred to the Executive Committee to work out the best arrangement for this year, if such action is necessary before the Board meets again.


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