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South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse workers unionize, await recognition from corporate

(Alamo Drafthouse Cinema)

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema workers at the South Lamar location have unionized, according to a release from the Industrial Workers of the World, and are asking that management recognize the union.


Called Drafthouse United, which submitted a voluntary recognition request to management on Feb. 14, unionized workers are asking for the following:

  • wage and benefit increases
  • paid sick leave
  • transparent COVID-19 policies and practices
  • a resolution to fix long-standing building maintenance requests

Zach Corpstein, who has been serving at Alamo for four years, wrote a letter explaining the decision to unionize, saying the pandemic has “shaken the business to its core,” and while COVID restrictions started out well, they fell away seemingly overnight without consulting employees or guests.

"Our aim in unionizing is not to submit a list of demands to Alamo Drafthouse’s Corporate offices, but one of proposed solutions, so that we can work together to create a better future," Corpstein said.

Alamo Drafthouse has not released a statement. Austonia has reached out for comment.

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