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Steppenwolf Theatre workers notch a union victory

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Steppenwolf Theatre workers notch a union victory

Both the election and the vote tally happened on last Friday, according to the union representing them.

Brette Olpin, an audience experience associate and an organizer of workers at the theater, said the workers were inspired to push for the union after seeing union pushes grab headlines in Chicago and nationally. 

“We saw the railroad worker strike and then the graduate students winning an election at Northwestern and that helped push us,” she said.  

Like other organizers around the country, the workers are fighting for better pay and better benefits. Olpin said workers started talking about forming a union after management implemented a tier-system that determined workers’ pay. 

Most workers ended up at the bottom…

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