Support IA Local One; Join the New York Met Opera Virtual Picket Line

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Captain Joe DePete, President of The Air Line Pilots Association is now walking the line! "The nearly 60,000 pilots of the Air Line Pilots Association stand in solidarity with IATSE and the workers at the Metropolitan Opera." Photo from the IA Facebook page.

Reprinted from The New York City Central Labor Council site by its staff on June 25, 2021.

In recent weeks, hundreds of members and allies of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the union representing the Metropolitan Opera’s stagehands and skilled craftspeople, gathered in person in front of Lincoln Center to protest the opera company locking out its workers. Now, the union is taking the fight online with the images of hundreds more in a first-of-its-kind interactive virtual picket line.

Taking part in this electronic demonstration, which can be seen at, are stagehands, costumer and wardrobe employees, lighting designers and technicians, set designers and craftsmen, make-up artists, broadcast technicians and ticket sellers, along with other supporters, including many opera fans.

Once photos of supporters are uploaded, they are scrolled in front of an image of Lincoln Center, home of the famed opera company. This was set up to be as easy as possible for anyone to participate in. Head to the site, submit a photo and you’re on the line. It’s that simple. …

NYCCLC press release 6/25

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Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at [email protected].