Things are heating up at The Ex this week as skilled technical workers remain locked out amidst an ongoing labour dispute between their union and the city.
City of Toronto has locked out @iatse58 long enough, time to get back to the bargaining table so CNE and other events can move forward. Earlier today City Council petitioned for a special meeting tomorrow afternoon. https://t.co/K8PLoxbBYD
— Mike Layton (@m_layton) August 20, 2018
Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 58, which represents workers with technical and staging expertise, have been picketing outside the city-owned Exhibition Place for almost a month now.
Workers say the venue’s Board of Governors locked them out of their jobs on July 19 after months of negotiations for a new collective agreement, and that management has refused to bargain in good faith.
The situation has become significantly more intense on Friday with the launch of 2018’s Canadian National Exhibition.