IATSE Local 28

Bodyvox dance company stagehands win IATSE Local 28 contract

Union stagehands at nonprofit Bodyvox dance company unanimously ratified a first contract that raises pay and guarantees job security.

Bodyvox dance company stagehands join IATSE

Although the company seemed a little perturbed with the effort, supervisors did not make any overt attempts to stymie the union.

Bodyvox dance company workers to vote on IATSE

The union election will cover all stagehands and production workers at the Northwest Portland dance studio.

Metro privatizes AV at Oregon Convention Center

On Dec. 18, a week before Christmas, all seven part-time AV technicians at the publicly-owned event space were laid off.

Metro pushes to privatize Convention Center AV department

The Metro regional government wants to contract out audio/visual jobs at the Oregon Convention Center - jobs that are currently held by union workers.

Blazers must recognize stagehands union

An April 1 union vote could get members of IATSE Local 28 back to work at Portland Trail Blazers and Portland Winterhawks home games.

IATSE marks one year out of work due to pandemic

Many members of IATSE Locals 28, 488, B20, and 154 haven’t worked a day since the pandemic turned life upside down a year ago.


March 11 will mark a year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. The pandemic hit the local union movement highly unevenly.

Blazers workers left out in the cold

Union crews that typically work Portland Trailblazer home games at the Moda Center have been replaced with non-union workers.

John E. Clatworthy, 1947-2020

Clatworthy worked for the Portland Opera and was president of IATSE Local 28.

‘Together4Oregon’ fundraiser helps unemployed

Labor’s Community Service Agency was among 4 non-profits helped by a live funderaiser on KGW-TV July 18 to help Oregon residents hit hardest by COVID-19.

Labor confronts police brutality

Union members are taking part in protests, joining morning-after cleanup parties, and even walking off the job in support of Black Lives Matter.

IATSE delivers food to out-of-work members in need

More than 200 members are out of work at Keller Auditorium, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Rose Garden Arena, Memorial Coliseum, and elsewhere.

Laid-off costume department workers volunteer to make protective masks

Hospitals and home health care workers are facing a shortage of masks, and are calling for donations.

On the job with IATSE Local 28

Almost no one knows what they do, but entertainment riggers are the workers that make the spectacle of show business possible.

Training for a rescue at 50 feet

Theater and concert workers often spend time at great heights — hoisting gear at rock concerts or setting up and operating truss-mounted spotlights.  Their union is working to improve members’ readiness to quickly rescue a coworker in the event of an accident. 

Unions are wall-to-wall at Keller Auditorium

With the recent unionization of dancers at the Oregon Ballet Theatre, their shows are now executed by an all-union workforce.

Rose Etta Venetucci first woman business rep at IATSE Local 28

IATSE Local 28 represents about 400 stage, wardrobe, and allied craft workers.

Homeless camp gets union sponsors

But city fines are mounting for Right 2 Dream Too