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Workers To Protest Poor Treatment At The Angels Of The Winds Arena

Backstage Workers to Protest Poor Treatment at The Angels of the Winds Arena in Everett Mon., Aug 5 Prior to the Toby Keith Concert

Angels Of The Winds Arena
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Everett, Wash. – Riggers and stagehands working at The Angels of the Winds Arena in Everett and at most other venues in the Pacific Northwest have serious safety concerns, and receive no health care insurance, for what are often dangerous jobs.

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The Angels of the Winds Arena engages Rhino Staging Northwest for performances.  Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and supporters plan to protest poor working conditions Monday, August 5, prior to the Toby Keith concert, outside the arena’s two main entrances.

Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter and the leading promoter of music and live events in the Pacific Northwest, including some events at The Angels of the Winds, also has engaged Rhino Staging to provide rigging and other backstage services at some other area venues.

Rhino riggers in the Pacific Northwest voted to organize a union in 2015 to remedy unfair and substandard working conditions. But, the company fought the union election in U.S. Federal courts and lost and now refuses to negotiate a fair contract, despite an order to bargain from the U.S. National Labor Relations Board.

IATSE placed full-page advertisements in Washington newspapers on Sunday to focus public attention on Live Nation and Rhino’s practices, as well as the policies of venues the two companies partner with, such as the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, The Tacoma Dome and The Angel of the Winds Arena, which are either publicly owned or built with public funds. The advertisement can be seen here.

In addition to engaging fans at the Toby Keith concert in Everett, backstage workers will be holding banners and greeting concertgoers outside the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Vancouver, Washington Monday.

For more information on how backstage workers in the Pacific Northwest are pushing back against unfair treatment see these articles in The Seattle Weekly and The Guardian.

Additional information can be found at: http://standwithrhinoworkers.com.

The Angels of the Winds Arena is located in Everett, Washington at 2000 Hewitt Avenue.