Late last night, I posted the following statement from Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The League of American Theatres and Producers issued shortly after it walked away from Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) at the bargaining table in the ongoing Broadway stagehands strike:
In the interest of presenting both sides, I just found the following statement from IATSE spokesperson Bruce Cohen that Playbill said was released at 11 p.m. last evening (the statement is not on Local One's Web site):
We are profoundly disappointed to have to tell you that talks broke off with Local One, IATSE tonight, and that no further negotiations are scheduled.
We presented a comprehensive proposal that responded to the union’s concerns about loss of jobs and earnings and attempted to address our need for some flexibilities in running our business. The union rejected our effort to compromise and continues to require us to hire more people than we need.
Out of respect for our public and our loyal theatergoers, many of whom are traveling from around the world, we regret that we must cancel performances through Sunday November 25.
-- Charlotte St. MartinExecutive DirectorThe League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc.
Talks between Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the League of American Theatres and Producers broke off late this [evening]. Just before the talks broke off, the producers informed Local One that what Local One had offered was simply not enough. The producers then walked out. Local One will have no further comment.As I have since stated, The League's walking away from the bargaining table and promptly announcing that all Broadway shows currently closed would remain so through the entire Thanksgiving holiday weekend is tantamount to behaving like ill-behaved children taking all their marbles away.
This really is a sorry moment in Broadway history. I'd be embarrassed for The League and everyone they purport to represent if I weren't so angry with them.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).