Wednesday, November 14, 2007

And I Always Thought The Brits Were More Advanced...

And I Always Thought The Brits Were More Advanced...

...when it comes to labor.

Hat tip to The Playgoer for pointing out a New York Post story by Andrew Geller "singing the praises of the 'weaker' West End unions."

Geller writes:
Because of differences in union strength and work rules, Broadway producers end up paying stagehands a lot more than do their counterparts across the pond.

A Broadway stagehand earns $150,000 a year, compared with $60,000 for one in London, according to British employment agencies.
Wait a minute here, Campbell Robertson's terrific piece in this morning's issue of The New York Times spells out that the top wage for Broadway stagehands is $1,600 per week.

Even a moron like me can take that $1,600 and multiply it by 52 to come up with $83,200. And that's just for the top tier.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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