May 3, 2024 | News Story

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Crew Joins IATSE, Becomes Fourth Off-Broadway Group to Unionize

Production employees of the off-Broadway show “Little Shop of Horrors” have voted overwhelmingly to join The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), becoming the fourth off-Broadway group to unionize since IATSE launched its organizing efforts earlier this year. The successful recognition vote follows similar outcomes at the off-Broadway musical “Titanique” and Atlantic Theatre, where workers also voted overwhelmingly in favor of IATSE representation. The crew comprises 26 members responsible for various production aspects including audio, video, carpentry, properties, electrics, wardrobe, hair, and makeup.

The off-Broadway revival of “Little Shop of Horrors” began at the Westside Theatre with previews on September 17, 2019, and has since amassed over 1,000 performances with an open-ended run. In November 2023, ‘Little Shop’ employees initiated their organizing drive alongside crews from other off-Broadway theaters. Despite facing legal obstacles put up by the producers — who contracted the services of notorious “union avoidance” law firm, Littler Mendelson — the crew’s determination prevailed. The NLRB ultimately dismissed all legal challenges and ordered a mail-in election, with ballots counted on April 18th revealing overwhelming support for unionization.

This victory adds momentum to the off-Broadway organizing trend, underscoring workers’ recognition of the importance of collective bargaining and solidarity in achieving improved conditions. “We are fighting for portable health benefits and fair wages,” said one crewmember. “Joining forces with the IATSE is our pathway to success to achieve these goals.” Read more here.