Boston-based punk band the Dropkick Murphys have made special arrangements with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 8 that will allow the band’s two sold out Electric Factory shows to go on without crossing the picket line. IATSE Local 8 have been in a week-long labor dispute with the Electric Factory since Friday.
Murphys frontman Ken Casey, along with Michael Barnes, president and business manager of Local 8, will hold a press conference tomorrow after to announce their special arrangment.
Local 8 members will load and unload equipment for the band, but will not enter the building. The Dropkick Murphys will pay the workers out of pocket. The stagehands will then donate their wages to the Claddagh Fund. Founded by the band, the Claddagh Fund works to give money to impoverished neighborhoods in Boston and Philadelphia. Barnes told me that Local 8 will match the funds donated by their members.
Erykah Badu, who played the Electric Factory on Sunday, also reached out to Barnes concerning the strike but it was too last minute to involve the union stagehands.