Monday, October 22, 2007
...the ball is squarely back in the court of The League of American Theatres and Producers.
Yesterday, Broadway stagehands (Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or I.A.T.S.E.) voted unanimously to authorize a strike against The League (which at this point only covers theatres owned by Shuberts and Jujamcyn), which -- don't forget! -- had previously threatened to lockout the stagehands, essentially shutting down Broadway and shutting out the theatregoing public.
But a strike is not necessarily imminent, since the union leaders may wait until closer to the holidays when their leverage is expected to be greatest. After all, The League would be out of its mind to see its theatres go dark during such a traditionally profitable time.
Today, of course, is the day that The League will begin implementing portions of its final offer. What that means exactly remains to be seen. To all the stagehands who have been kind enough to offer comments previously, I'll be curious to hear what you have to say about said implementation.
Clearly, something's gotta give here. With yesterday's line in the sand being drawn unanimously, it's up to the The League to come back to the negotiating table.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
It's Unanimous! (October 20, 2007)
D-Day Indeed (October 21, 2007)
$5 Million Per Day (October 19, 2007)
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)
Thanks, Mel! (July 6, 2007)