Stagehands Union fundraising for unemployed members

An IATSE member emphasizes her position.

The Boston union representing stagehands, IATSE Local 11, launched a GoFundMe campaign over the weekend to support its members, with the goal of collecting $100,000 in contributions. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 45 donors had contributed a total of $10,450.

The union said that the fundraiser aims to ease financial burdens on the 900 stagehands, or 99 percent of its membership, who are unemployed because of the cancellations of live events during the Covid-19 crisis, and that donations will go directly to support Local 11 families “during the longest work stoppage in IATSE history.”

“There is nothing my members want more than to get back to work putting on the events that our community loves, but until we can do that safely, these workers and families need help,” business manager Colleen Glynn said in a statement.