Wednesday, November 21, 2007
While we await a verdict from New York State Supreme Court Judge Helen E. Freedman on whether Whoville and Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! will be able to reopen at Broadway's St. James Theatre, the Nederlander Organization has filed suit against Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) saying that they are unfairly striking against its theatres as part of the action against The League of American Theatres and Producers.
Even though Nederlander had originally stated that it would lockout its stagehands in solidarity with the rest of The League, it now maintains it never did and thus the action by Local One is an unlawful secondary boycott. For more, go to the Playbill.com story.
I profess to being a bit confused here. Didn't Nederlander's public pronouncements that they would lockout the union provide the stagehands with the necessary green light to strike? Can someone please explain that one to me?
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).