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Will There Be Picket Lines At NY Fashion Week?

Drama may ensue during New York’s upcoming fashion week. Because the IMG Fashion event changed venues this year from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, a contractual mess has occurred between IMG and Lincoln Center’s theatrical labor employee union, which is normally granted work contracts to oversee events on the entire campus. Reports the Wall Street Journal, “Certain events occurring under the umbrella of New York Fashion Week will take place in Lincoln Center facilities that require the use of union labor, and those events will comply with the lease terms of those facilities, according to a person familiar with the matter”; however, there is a slight disagreement because some of the tents will be erected on the plaza (outside) and not in Lincoln Center’s buildings, which may allow IMG to hire others to help oversee and produce the event. The union wants to be the sole labor provider for NY Fashion Week, and if an agreement is not reached, they are considering a protest complete with leafleting and picket lines. Drama! Let’s hope this gets worked out quickly as the week’s September 9 start is just around the corner. [Wall Street Journal]

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