Curtains for Mirvish theatre crew's costume fee

Employer not required to reimburse cost of 'standard apparel'
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/27/2015

Performers at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish theatre will have to pay their own costume fees, an arbitrator has ruled.

The grievance, filed by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) on behalf of the bargaining unit of stage hands employed by Mirvish Productions, alleged the theatre company violated the collective agreement when it refused to pay a "costume fee."

It is common practice, and often required, that employees wear all-black clothing during live performances, so as not to distract from the show.