Jul 20, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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Workers who provide technical and staging expertise – for events in major venues at Toronto’s Exhibition Place – have been locked out.

Local 58 of The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees says – the lockout comes after months of negotiations for a new collective agreement.

Exhibition Place says it locked the workers out, effective Friday morning – after  negotiations that included meetings with the assistance of a provincially appointed mediator.

The union says Exhibition Place had asked it to suspend picketing until after the Canadian Nation Exhibition – which begins in mid August and closes on September 3rd – but local president Justin Antheunis says “that’s not going to happen.”

The affected venues include BMO Field, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Coca Cola Coliseum, Enercare Centre and the Liberty Grand.

Exhibition Place says it has a contingency plan in place and remains open for business.

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