It’s official! Local One, the Broadway stagehands union, has ratified its contract with the League of American Theatres and Producers. Though the details of the contract, which was tentatively agreed upon between the two parties after a three-week Broadway strike and extensive negotiations, are unknown, it will be in effect for five years.
On Day 19 of the strike that temporarily closed 27 Broadway shows, Local One and the League of American Theatres and Producers finally came to an agreement on the union’s contract. Although the union won’t vote to ratify the agreement for another 10 days, the stagehands are going right back to work, with all Broadway shows resuming performances on Thursday, November 29.
This was the first time that Local One went on strike in its entire 121-year history. Although it was hardly an ideal time for Broadway to be closed down (Thanksgiving week is usually a big moneymaker for Broadway shows) and millions of dollars were lost for both the shows and New York City, it doesn’t seem that the strike did as much damage as might have been expected since no shows posted closing notices. However, the full impact of this nearly three week shutdown of Broadway will probably be better understood in the coming days and weeks.
One thing is for sure, though, and that’s that Broadway needs the support of its fans now more than ever. So go get tickets for a show! In fact, why not get some great discount Broadway tickets?
After a dark and silent Thanksgiving week, the League of American Theatres and Producers resumed contract negotiations with the Broadway stagehands union on Sunday. When the two parties broke early this morning for a 12-hour rest, word was that things were going in a positive direction. They reconvened this evening, and the Broadway community is hopeful that a resolution is on the horizon. With any luck, there will be some good news to report tomorrow.
Twenty-seven Broadway shows have now been dark for over a week, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel — today, the Broadway stagehands’ union Local One and the League of American Theatres and Producers resumed negotiations for the first time since the union went on strike on November 10. No word yet on whether there has been any progress, but we’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, Broadway fans will have to settle for the eight shows that are still open (their theaters are on different contracts with Local One): The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Cymbeline, Mary Poppins, Mauritius, Pygmalion, The Ritz, Xanadu, and Young Frankenstein.
Things are getting tense between the League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One (aka the stagehands union). On October 9, following a month of contract negotiations, both sides presented what they considered to be their final offers — which are, needless to say, incompatible. Hopefully the League and Local One will work out their differences soon, or else Broadway could come to a standstill. Without stagehands, the show simply can’t go on.