NJ Medieval Times Performers Announce Union with AGVA, Agree to NLRB Election Date

Updated: Jul 6


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CONTACT: Medieval Times Performers United Organizing Committee, MTUnitedNJ@gmail.com


Lyndhurst, N.J., June 28, 2022 - The 40 actors, stunt performers, and stable hands at the Lyndhurst, New Jersey location of Medieval Times, a medieval-themed dinner theater show, are joining together in union with the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA). The group of employees in Medieval Times’ knights and squires, showcast, and stable departments seeking AGVA representation is referring to themselves as Medieval Times Performers United. They will have the opportunity to vote to be AGVA members on July 15 during an in-person National Labor Relations Board facilitated election.


Medieval Times Performers United organizing committee members released the following statement:


“We are the actors, stunt performers, and stable hands of Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey joining together in union to create a fairer, safer, and more enjoyable workplace. With a supermajority of support, we are excited to be forming our union with the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA).


Medieval Times has struggled with staffing, security, and safety after reopening from the COVID-19 closure. Additionally, our wages have failed to keep up with those in similar positions in our industry and what is necessary for a living wage in Lyndhurst. With our seat at the table with management, we aim to collaborate to improve safety protocols and enforcement as well as create more equitable pay scales.


We enjoy performing for Medieval Times guests, and know that with our union we can foster a more respectful workplace that enhances our experience and that of our guests. We look forward to voting for our union on July 15!”