Drake Accused of Ignoring Union busting of Stagehand’s Union in Seattle Peformance

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Writing for the Guardian, Payday Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk has a look at why the Canadian rapper Drake is being accused of ignoring the plight of stagehands facing union busting:

Drake recently said his US tour was an opportunity to bring the values of his home town, Toronto, to a wider audience. “I’m forever grateful, everywhere I go, I carry the values of this city with me,” he said. “Every night that I go and do a show in America, I tell them, ‘This is how the world is supposed to work,’” he told a crowd in Toronto in August.

Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) have written to Drake asking him to share those values by speaking out against the anti-union activities of the organizers of his Tacoma Concert on 1 November.

“What we are asking you to do is to share ‘the values of our city’ on the stage and in a letter to Rhino Staging Northwest, Live Nation, and the Tacoma Dome,” wrote Toronto-based IATSE Local 58 business agent Nelson Robinson in a letter to Drake. “We urge you to let [the crowd] know that you support the people, who work backstage, that they have a right to a union contract, better safety, and health insurance”.

For more, go to the Guardian. 

About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is the founder of Payday Report and also covers labor and immigration for The Guardian. In 2015, he was illegally fired for union organizing as Politico’s senior labor reporter and used his $70,000 NLRB settlement to start Payday. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and has dinner with his folks regularly. He can be reached at Melk@PaydayReport.com A Sidney Award winner and proud graduate of Woodland Hills, Elk lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

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