A Group Of 40 Actors, Stunt Performers & Stable Hands Employed At A New Jersey Location Of - Get This, A Medieval-Themed Dinner Theater Show, Are Unionizing
(LYNDHURST, NEW JERSEY) – A group of 40 Actors, Stunt Performers and Stable Hands at the Lyndhurst, New Jersey location of Medieval Times, a medieval-themed dinner theater show, are seeking Unionization with the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA).
The Workers are employed in Medieval Times’ Knights And Squires, Showcast and Stable Departments - and who are referring to themselves as Medieval Times Performers United, will have the opportunity to vote to be AGVA Members on July 15th during an in-person National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-facilitated election.
Medieval Times has struggled with staffing, security and safety after reopening from its COVID-19 Pandemic closure, according to a written statement from Organizing Committee Members.
The Workers also are seeking a pay increase to “keep up with” similar positions in the industry and what is “necessary for a living wage in Lyndhurst.”
Medieval Times Performers United organizing committee members released the following statement: “We are the Actors, Stunt Performers and Stable Hands of Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey joining together in union to create a fairer, safer and more enjoyable workplace. With a super-majority of support, we are excited to be forming our Union with the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA). Medieval Times has struggled with staffing, security and safety after reopening from the COVID-19 closure. Additionally, our wages have failed to keep up with those in similar positions in our industry and what is necessary for a living wage in Lyndhurst. With our seat at the table with management, we aim to collaborate to improve safety protocols and enforcement as well as create more equitable pay scales. We enjoy performing for Medieval Times guests and know that with our union we can foster a more respectful workplace that enhances our experience and that of our guests. We look forward to voting for our union on July 15th!”
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