Monday, October 22, 2007

Now That The Union Has Spoken...

Now That The Union Has Spoken...

...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).

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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)

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At 22 October, 2007, Anonymous johnnyonthespot said...

Thanks Steve for telling it fair and Square.
The League is not Negotiating Fairly.
These are Pure Union Busting Tactics.
How many times have they met with local one to negotiate?
Who stopped Negotiating to “LOCKOUT” stage hands?

Now Bargaining fairly I say 20$ you say 10$ and so on.
The League says Take this, OR ELSE we “LOCK YOU OUT”

Traditionally Raises are determined by success rate.
Or as Charlotte St Martian Say’s. “THE HEALTH OF THE INDUSTRY”
Every year since September 11, the League has set a New Record for Ticket sales.
1 billion dollars. Already this year,

Most of the Leagues team has no Idea what we do?
This Force an Impasse. Force a New rules
Is a slap in the face to all labor!

These people are pure greed; I have worked on Broadway for more than 20 years.
There are NO, NOSHOW JOBS…
Last week flymen made 160.000$
Now this week many of us make over 200,000
Wow!! By thanksgiving I will be making at least a Quarter mill
Thanks for the raise
How much do you make?

I think the public is smart enough to see through your Smoke and mirrors.


At 22 October, 2007, Anonymous Syd said...

Well put Johhny

Please go to Bdway shows that support the stage hands.

At 22 October, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Johnny and Syd, Are you seeing any tangible signs of what exactly The League is imposing today?

At 22 October, 2007, Anonymous ongo said...

Monday Is the Dark day.
No shows in most theatres.
We have only been told that The Nederlanders will not be Posting any Rule Changes.

At 22 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen Featherbedding going on!

The producers show up only on opening night

So they can pat themselves on the back, And say what a great job they did.

At 22 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The membership says it will work under implemented rules because we have a public to think about and we have other unions to think about," James J. Claffey Jr., Local One president, told the Associated Press.

At 22 October, 2007, Anonymous rocket ron said...

Broadway box office receipts for 2005 will come in at the higest level ever, USA Today reports based on a preliminary examination of data accumulated through December 18 by the League of American Theatres and Producers.

Broadway has already taken in $809 million this year, an increase of 8 percent over 2004, according to the USA Today analysis. Seats were filled at 81 percent of capacity for the year.

At 22 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Wicked ($1,449,978)
2. Jersey Boys ($1,284,622)
3. The Lion King ($1,180,225)
4. Mary Poppins ($982,217)
5. Mamma Mia! ($954,385)

yes one weeks grosses

At 23 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Broadway producers on Monday began imposing nine of the 15 terms of their final contract offer to the Broadway stagehands

But the League says it would be entirely the union's fault if the Great White Way goes dark.

IM from austin TX,
Even I can see thru the BS
And we can tell some mighty TALL TALES IN TEXAS

At 23 October, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Thanks, Anonymous from Texas...What all do those 9 terms entail?

Thanks to the other Anonymous for providing James Claffey's remarks.

At 23 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the union doesn't want to strike and the League doesn't want to execute a lockout.
So Why Is No One Talking??

At 23 October, 2007, Anonymous Austin Tx said...

On October 21, the League issued an 11-page summary of its final offer, noting the various changes which would be implemented the next day. These include alterations to electrician’s duties, the staffing of the show running crew, overtime hiring requirements, meal periods, rehearsals and work calls and stagehands duties in cases of cancelled performances, among others things.

This was leaked...
But No one has yet had the Balls to Post

Is this another Bluff by the League?
I think Not


At 23 October, 2007, Blogger One NYC StageHand said...

Basically, the League implemented all those conditions except those that may benefit the stagehands financially. It seemed that the rules change from house to house. At one theatre, work for the next day begins after the evening performance ends. At another, it’s questions about meal penalty. It seems that flexibility means make it up as you go along.

A side effect in the new found flexibility is the amount of extra work the Producers are putting on the House Managers. The Local is filling out the payroll according to the contract that’s in place. It will be up to the House Managers to change the payroll to fit the terms that have been imposed. They are going to have to be meticulous because every difference between the two payrolls is going to be subject to grievance.

At 23 October, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

One NY Stagehand, Thanks for the insightful analysis. Very interesting. I just wish The League would get back to the table....

At 23 October, 2007, Anonymous ChitaBanana said...

I think everyone wishes that Steve.
The league shows no common sense?

Lockout/ Unhealthy industry/
What else can they blame on the CREW..
Oh YES 80% failure rate

At 23 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Frankenstein' scares up audiences
"Young Frankenstein" played seven previews last week, and although there's no telling exactly how much money it made, estimates put "Frank" B.O. somewhere in the area of $1.5 million.

At 24 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Movie studios aren't the only ones raking in dough hand over fist this summer. Broadway receipts totaled $261.8 million between Memorial Day and Labor Day, a near 10% increase over the same period last year. Tourists flocked to newcomers Grease (which appeared impervious to poor reviews) and Spring Awakening, but the real moneymakers were the established blackbusters.

Variety reports:

Top earners were the usual array of perennial Broadway hits, including "Wicked" ($21.8 million for the summer), "The Lion King" ($18.9 million) and "Jersey Boys" ($18 million), plus an entry from last season, "Mary Poppins" ($17.4 million).

It appears Broadway has learned to succeed without really trying.


At 24 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The League has been demanding more leeway in determining the number of stagehands needed to run a show.

A 38% cut.. cutting 4 out of 10 workers

these Producer have had 6 years of record growth
they increase ticket prices every few months

I can even afford to take my family any more

I believe is greed / producer Profit taking

What Crap

At 24 October, 2007, Anonymous Worker Bee said...

Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...
I share your dampened spirits. Throw in the cost of exorbitant hotel rates in the Big Apple and increased airfares, and suddenly, the entire New York experience will be outpriced for most Americans who have their sights wistfully set on Broadway. How very sad. Now I'm depressed.

Yes Steve right - on
the people who work here
cant afford to live here

Only the producers can afford it

At 24 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides the looming stagehands' strike, the hottest topic in theater circles over the past few months has been the $450 that Mel Brooks and his co-producer have decided to charge
Dont worry thell say its because of the high cost of labor


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