|Artifact Type||Labor Newspapers, Sources|
|Publication||Minneapolis Labor Review|
|Publication Date||September 23, 1927|
Headline: “Stage Employees Ask One Day Off During Week; Operators Out”
Subhead: Question of Increase in Wages Is Not Involved Say Officials of Union
Vaudeville, Burlesque, “Legit” and Motion Picture Houses
Are Affected Stage employees and motion picture operators at the Gayety, Metropolitan, Palace, Shubert, Hennepin-Orpheum, Pantages, Logan, Seventh Street, and all Finkelstein & Ruben theaters are on strike, and operators in all other Minneapolis theaters, with the exception of eight, have been locked out. When the Labor Review went to press late Wednesday night, the only theaters in Minneapolis not involved in either strikes or lockouts were the Dewey, 38 Washington avenue S.; Cozy, 405 Plymouth avenue; Miles Standish, 3736 Twenty-third avenue S.; Stockholm, 103 Washington avenue S., and the Elite, 2519 Twenty-seventh avenue S. Those five were operating- as usual with their regular union operators, the managers having refused to join the lockout instigated by the Theatre Owners’ association. The Glenwood, 1221 Western avenue; Homewood, 1919 Plymouth avenue, and the Liberty, 1013 Sixth avenue N. assumed a neutral stand between owners and the union and closed their doors for the duration of the controversy.
The trouble arose when the owners refused to grant stage employes one day’s rest in seven. After all efforts at a peaceable adjustment had been exhausted, the stage hands struck Sunday morning. The theatres attempted to operate with nonunion help and this led to a walkout Tuesday night of all motion picture operators in all the Finkelstein & Ruben show houses. The F. & R. theatres employ both stage hands and picture operators, as do the Palace, Pantages, Seventh street and Hennepin-Orpheum.
Wednesday night at 6 p. m. strictly motion picture houses employing no stage hands joined in the fight by declaring a lockout of their operators, making the theatrical scrap almost universal in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
In spite of claims made by the owners’ association, union officials strenuously deny that any issue is involved in this controversy except the question of allowing the stage employes one day off from work during the week. Theatres attempting to operate under nonunion conditions in Minneapolis are:
Gayety, 101 Washington avenue N.
In addition to the foregoing list, which it is suggested readers clip and keep for a “stay away list” during this controversy, there are the notorious Wonderland, 27 Washington avenue S., and the Robbinsdale, at Robbinsdale, both of which were unfair to organized labor before the strike and lockout took place this week.
Theatrical scenic artists and billposters are also involved in the controversy.
|Archive||Labor Review Archive Project|
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|Citation||“Stage Employees Ask One Day Off During Week; Operators Out,” Minneapolis Labor Review, September 23, 1927.|