Friday, October 12, 2007

Stagehands To Vote On Strike...October 21

Stagehands To Vote On Strike...October 21

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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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)
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At 13 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well at least we are safe for this week.
when the league drops the lock out "knife"
I wonder If they have a gun in there other hand.
1 billion profit.. wow
If they break that union
They will not be passing that savings on to to us

At 13 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 14 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Have they Busted this union Yet!
They must make there wallets proud.

At 14 October, 2007, Anonymous Concerned said...

I have just seen the leagues Press release,
They are concerned about the "HEALTH OF THE INDUSTRY".
Is this not the third record breaking year in a row.
They posted over a 900,000,000MILLION Gross last year.
Who does there press releases

At 14 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because the league is looking to change the work rules significantly, it appears as if it initiated a game of chicken and then blinked. Local One is simply seeking standard increases in wages and benefits, so it can afford to wait. However, a source close to theater owners is disowning talk of a lockout.

At 14 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any Word Of Lockout / Strike?
I have tixs for thursday this week

Can they be returned ?

At 15 October, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

No word yet on a potential lockout. But should the theatres be closed, the answer is yes, you will receive a refund on your tickets.

At 16 October, 2007, Anonymous Mike Ca said...

the producers want to do away with a contract that was negotiated, with consessions and demands and agreed upon and honored by both parties for decades. decades of give and gets on both sides have resulted in the conditions the producers are now calling arcahic work rules. why is it now that they want to undo decades of mutualy agreed upon principles.the bussiness is making more money than ever. in all aspects. the producers say that only 1 in 5 shows makes a profit. Well maybe that's because the other shows are just bad shows.Maybe they suck and should never have gambled to take it to broadway. so if the stagehands made less money would that permit shows that suck to run longer? Put better shows on and maybe they would all make a profit. you don't have to put a show on broadway to find out if it is any good. open it somewhere else. how about new jersey. If the warldorf hotel dropped its room rates to 20 bucks a night, you would wind up with alot of people who don't belong in a place like the waldorf. so it would be with broadway shows. You would wind up with a lot of crappy shows who would take the gamble to open on broadway, thereby lessening whay broadway is. how about we just leave it the way it is and the public will get better shows. the children of stagehands will get better educations. and the producers and theater owners will continue to live in their homes in the hamptons

At 16 October, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Mike, I have to interject here that if producers didn't take a chance on material - good or bad - there would be even less work for stagehands, actors and everyone else behind the scenes.


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