Sunday, October 21, 2007

D-Day Indeed

D-Day Indeed

Today is the day that Broadway's stagehands' union, Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.), votes on whether to authorize a strike against The League of American Theatres and Producers.

While I fully expect that they'll vote overwhelmingly in support of authorization, I also anticipate that they'll withhold actual strike implementation as they wait to see whether The League will come back to the negotiating table. As of now, The League is set to begin imposing portions of its "final offer" tomorrow.

It bears repeating that if the union wanted to maximize their leverage, they would hold off on any strike until the holiday season -- one of the busiest periods for Broadway.

Only the theatres owned by Shuberts and Jujamcyn would be impacted.

Nederlander Organization's nine theatres, including Brooks Atkinson (Grease), George Gershwin (Wicked), Lunt-Fontanne (The Little Mermaid), Marquis (The Drowsy Chaperone), Minskoff (The Lion King), Nederlander (Rent), Neil Simon (Hairspray) and Palace (Legally Blonde), will not be struck. However, there is speculation that if a strike were to occur, the Nederlander Organization would lockout stagehands in solidarity with the Shuberts and Jujamcyn.

Theatres not included in the current fracas include: American Airlines Theatre (Pygmalion), the Biltmore Theatre (Mauritius), Circle In The Square Theatre (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Helen Hayes Theatre (Xanadu)Hilton Theatre (Young Frankenstein), New Amsterdam Theatre (Mary Poppins) and Studio 54 (The Ritz).

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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Nederlanders: On Their Own Again? (October 18, 2007)
The Broadway Theatres Not Impacted By Labor Dispute (October 17, 2007)
Bloomberg Appears Ready To Step Into Fray (October 16, 2007)
If You're Holding Tix For Broadway This Week, You're Safe (October 15, 2007)
Stagehands To Vote On Strike...October 21 (October 12, 2007)
The Shows Must Go On...At Least Over Weekend (October 12, 2007)
Still No Lockout (October 12, 2007)
No Lockout Tonight (October 11, 2007)
Lockout Likely (October 10, 2007)
Is This The One For One? (October 9, 2007)
Stagehands' Union Concedes Key Point (October 5, 2007)
Stagehands Talks To Continue This Afternoon (October 5, 2007)
No Monday Lockout (September 29, 2007)
Before The Holidays Strike? (September 25, 2007)
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At 22 October, 2007, Anonymous worker bee said...

The producers must think the public is a bunch of Idiots.
"Until recently the most likely cause of a Broadway shutdown looked to be a lockout initiated by producers. Now that a strike has been authorized, the League has seized the PR advantage of placing the blame for a potential work stoppage on the union."


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