Wednesday, November 07, 2007
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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