Laid off Portland stage workers say they could be working

April 07, 2021 / PSU-AAUP

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by Amanda Arden

March 10, 2021

Some Moda Center workers say Rip City Management has assigned their jobs to other people, rather than bringing them back to work.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Members of a local stage workers union clearly remember the last show they put on before the pandemic brought Oregon’s entertainment industry to a screeching halt. 

“On March 11th, we had just done the concert Tool at the Moda Center and Tool was getting loaded out and going to be sent down to be loaded in Eugene. And we got word that the governor was going to do a press conference that Friday and shut everything down,” recalled Rose Etta Venetucci, business representative of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, or IATSE, Local 28. 

The labor union represents employees in Southwest Washington, Portland, and Salem who work in the theater, broadcast, film, and live events production industries. The union has more than 200 members and represents 550 workers. 

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