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International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Calls for Strike Vote

Saturday, October 13, 2007

iatselogo138h.jpgThe New York Times reports:

With contract negotiations between producers and stagehands at a standstill, the union representing almost all of the stagehands on Broadway yesterday scheduled a strike vote for Oct. 21.

The union, Local One, announced the call for a strike vote after a meeting at its headquarters that was attended by the leaders of unions representing actors, musicians, ushers, treasurers, makeup stylists and most other Broadway professionals.

But there is some confusion as whether the international would authorize a strike if voted on by Local 1.  Hopefully the union doesn’t give in to the demands of the League of American Theaters and Producers and instead listens to its rank-and-file if they do indeed want a strike to protect their jobs.

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