Teamsters Dispute Resolved For Stones Concerts

A threat by the Teamsters to shut down this weekend's Rolling Stones concerts in San Francisco was averted when a major promoter gave the union part of the action. Bill Graham Presents announced the d

A threat by the Teamsters to shut down this weekend's Rolling Stones concerts in San Francisco was averted when a major promoter gave the union part of the action. Bill Graham Presents announced the deal with Teamsters Local 85 Wednesday after the union picketed in front of Pac Bell Park, where the Stones will play tonight (Nov. 8) and tomorrow.

Teamsters complained the promoter, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, wasn't using union workers to load and unload trucks or unionized stagehands to set up the stage and lights. The promoter agreed to hire Teamsters to help pack up the show Sunday.

Bill Graham Presents said it never has had a relationship with the Teamsters and was surprised by the protest, although the union says it has been having trouble with San Antonio-based Clear Channel for years. Members of the stagehands' union refused to cross the picket line, but the agreement was reached in time to set up for the show without any delay.

The Stones' new retrospective "Forty Licks" (Virgin) is No. 14 this week on The Billboard 200.


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