Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Extra Innings!

Extra Innings!

Progress is reportedly being made in the talks to end the 19-day old Broadway stagehands strike. Negotiations between The League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) continue at the law offices of Proskauer Rose, the firm representing The League.

Optimism is running high, even as Local One spokesperson Bruce Cohen can't seem to dispense with the baseball metaphors. New York Post's Michael Riedel, Dan Kadison and Andy Geller quote the union rep who says:

We're in extra innings. We don't have to turn the lights off.
Shows impacted by the strike are obviously not going on.The League issued a statement today:

As you know, the talks between the League and Local One resumed this morning and are ongoing. Due to the complexities of getting a show up and re-running, Wednesday evening’s performances for the affected shows have been canceled, regardless of the outcome of the negotiations. We will keep you updated.
According to Riedel and Co., the only issue that remains to be hammered out is the wage issue.

For its part, Local One has issued the following statement taking umbrage with Michael Riedel's earlier column from today that they considered incendiary:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Please be advised that the article that appears in the New York Post today, Wednesday, November 28, under the byline of Mr. Michael Riedel is completely false, inaccurate, and incorrect. Please disregard the information contained in his column.

The Local One negotiating committee is meeting today at 10 AM as previously announced.

In Solidarity,

Robert C. Score
Recording-Corresponding Secretary
For those keeping "Score," it would be nice to know what exactly in that column set him off.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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