Friday, October 05, 2007

Stagehands' Union Concedes Key Point

Stagehands' Union Concedes Key Point

If Bloomberg's Jeremy Gerard's late-breaking report is correct, the union representing the stagehands on Broadway has blinked. Gerard reports that two sources have told him that the union conceded a key point that should smooth the way toward a final contract.

According to Gerard:

The union negotiators "said, 'No, no, no, no, no,'" said one of the people, both of whom insisted on anonymity. "And then they said, 'Yes.'"

Of course, nothing is completely settled until the fat lady sings, and that considerable lady is the rank and file membership of Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which still must ratify a contract.

Still, you can breathe a sigh of relief if you're holding tickets to most of the Broadway shows that would have been shut down if the League of American Theaters and Producers fulfilled on their threat to impose a lockout.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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Stagehands Talks To Continue This Afternoon (October 5, 2007)
No Monday Lockout (September 29, 2007)
Before The Holidays Strike? (September 25, 2007)
Thanks, Mel! (July 6, 2007)

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At 09 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The producers want to blame there 80% failure rate on the Stagehands.

I didn't know the stage crew picked the shows?

I guess the crews read scripts in all there spare time during load-ins

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

Anonymous, Certainly no one can say with a straight face that a show's failure rests on stagehands.

What do you think of the final offer?

At 10 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has the offer been published?
I think better scheduling during a Load-in would help eliminate down time.
I really don’t think anyone’s doing nothing.
What Exactly does a producer do besided Invest money.

At 10 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The producers have put together 20 million dollars in a "STRIKEFUND".
This should really be called A "LOCKOUT FUND".
Where did this money come from?
The ticket buying public?
Like that theatre restoration fee?
That 20 mill could probly pay the crew for a few years,I dont think 350 working stage hands make that.
Dont you wonder what this lockout is really about?

At 11 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

producers and theater owners are banding together to try to weaken if not eliminate theatrical unions: each week 10 cents of every paid admission is diverted to a strike fund for this very purpose. shine a light on the union-busting happening behind the scenes on Broadway.

At 11 October, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

I have wholeheartedly endorsed the action of the audience members contacting the League to express their dismay at a potential lockout.

To contact the League of American Theatres and Producers, you may call 212.764.1122 or e-mail them at

League President Charlotte St. Martin's e-mail address is

Director of communications for the League is Alan Cohen at

I suggest anything you say or write remain nothing but courteous, yet to the point.

At 11 October, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

It's 10 pm EDT (10/11/07) and still no word on any progress or any action that might close Broadway's theatres tomorrow.


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