Friday, October 12, 2007
According to Playbill, a new development has come to the fore in the ongoing labor strife impacting Broadway. The stagehands union -- Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) -- has announced that it has called a meeting for October 21 to "give authorization to the union leadership to take any job action necessary in light of the possibility of the producers implementing new work rules."
In other words, strike.
The League of American Theaters and Producers has been threatening a lockout of the stagehands, but has yet to deliver on the threat, much to the relief of nervous audience members. Earlier today, the League's executive director has stated that shows will go on as planned this weekend.
Will the latest move by the union cause the League to rethink a lockout or will it precipitate their moving forward with it to reclaim the upper hand? I'll keep you posted.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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Stagehands' Union Concedes Key Point (October 5, 2007)
Stagehands Talks To Continue This Afternoon (October 5, 2007)
No Monday Lockout (September 29, 2007)
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Thanks, Mel! (July 6, 2007)