Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Roll Up Your Sleeves And Get To Work!

Roll Up Your Sleeves And Get To Work!

Today's the day that The League of American Theatres and Producers will finally meet once again at the bargaining table with Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) in talks scheduled through November 9. Broadway's stagehands have been operating without a contract since July 31.

This is the first time the two sides have formally met since their October 9 impasse. Since that time, the stagehands union voted unanimously to authorize a strike without setting any firm date for such an action. The day after the strike authorization vote, The League began imposing portions of its "final" offer on stagehands.

IATSE's estimable head Tom Short will be present. Local One cannot strike without the parent union's authorization or without an IATSE representative present during at least one stage of the negotiations, so his presence will loom large over the proceedings.

Now that we're almost at the precipice of the busy holiday theatre season, allow me to speak once again as a member of the audience without prejudice toward either side. When the two sides meet today, do the loyal patrons of Broadway theatre -- as well as all the hardworking men and women around the Great White Way who have nothing to do with this labor dispute -- a favor: negotiate in good faith. Instead of any further posturing, roll up your sleeves and get to work.

With screen and television writers now striking, this is a time when many might be looking to Broadway for their source of alternative entertainment. Don't blow this opportunity!

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)
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At 08 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is No News Good News?

At 08 November, 2007, Anonymous giveahand said...

They Have Resumed Talks Today Thursday!
They were uplate last night

At 08 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that the League is trying to turn the stagehands into part time workers.
They dont appreciate The hardwork / long hours / craftsmenship, that they bring to the industry.

At 08 November, 2007, Anonymous Front Row said...

Charlotes take on the Talks?
"We'd thought maybe it would have affected sales, but it really hasn't," St. Martin said.

At 08 November, 2007, Anonymous Sad Ticket Buyer said...

The League is Interested Only in PROFIT!

They dont see Audience, they see Pockets.

At 08 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how you dont hear the word "Lock Out" anymore

At 08 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they still talking?

At 08 November, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Post Script, Apparently Actors Equity has advised its members to take their personal belongings home from the theatre each night in case a strike goes through. That was included in a NY1 news report.

Also late yesterday, Playbill reported Local One President James Claffey, Jr. issued a statement indicating that "there was no additional progress in the negotiations with Broadway producers and that Local One members must contact the union prior to entering their respective theatres this evening."

At 08 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Steve
The Producers Are Going to get what they wanted!

3 years ago they said they would break the Stage hand union

They tricked the public into paying into there Strike/ Lock out fund of 20 million

Now they are gonna get to spend it!
They Cheat the Ticket Buying public
and the stage hands.

At 09 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grosses were up 8.9 percent for the the year for a total

of $939 milion, according to Playbill. The tally is based

on data supplied by The League of American Theatres and


At 09 November, 2007, Anonymous really said...

While the union has never shut down Broadway theaters,

producers have set aside $20 million to help cover their

costs if there is a shutdown.

At 09 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The American League of Theatres and Producers new

president, Charlotte St. Martin, explains what the secret

was to this year’s success.
Make check or money order payable and send to:
The League of American Theatres and Producers
Attention: Research Department
226 West 47th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10036

All payments must be made in U.S. dollars.

At 09 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Dark Day For Broadway

At 09 November, 2007, Anonymous ONGO said...

Broadway Stagehands Strike Authorized
9 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the international stagehands union officially authorized a Broadway strike Thursday but declined to set a date for it, the union said.

The authorization comes a day after Local 1 and the League of American Theatres and Producers resumed talks that had stalled after both sides presented what they said were their last and best offers.

The two sides, wrangling over work rules and staffing requirements, have been meeting since summer in an effort to reach a deal. A strike could shut down most Broadway theaters.

According to the union Web site, Thomas C. Short, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, gave the authorization and plans to advise the local union of a start date.

A representative for the league said it had not been notified of the move by the union and declined to comment further. A union representative also declined to comment.

At 09 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

November 9, 2007 -- A Broadway strike could begin tonight, after the stagehands union gave final authorization last night to walk off the job, sources told The Post.

Union leaders were discussing last night whether to strike before the weekend or wait until Tuesday, out of fairness to ticket holders, union officials said.

At 09 November, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Thanks for everyone's comments. I have just posted an updated story.

At 09 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We let the Leagues Trust fund Babies, Play Now Its time to defend ourselves and our families.
We Work, Hard Long, Six Days a week.
All night all weekend
The League is here just to make money.
They don’t care about the Stagehands, the Actors, OR THE TICKET BUYING PUBLIC!
The Producers are PURE PARACITES!

We have seen the lies, been cursed at and Spit on


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