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IMG is planning to start setting up the Fashion Week tents this weekend, but first it will have to settle a dispute with Local One, the union that provides most of the labor for Lincoln Center shows. According to Local One's contract, events that take place in certain Lincoln Center venues, like Alice Tully Hall, must use union workers. Outdoor areas like Damrosch Park aren't covered by the contract, so IMG is technically free to hire whoever it wants. Historically, though, outdoor jobs also go to union workers, so Local One's president is arguing that the Fashion Week contract should really go to them as well. The union met this morning to discuss its options. For their part, IMG says they're "working to avoid an escalation of the disagreement."
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