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IATSE Local 1 Authorizes Strike

Monday, November 5, 2007

I’m late in this post but here ya all go.  According to the New York Times:

Members of Local One, the union representing almost all Broadway stagehands, authorized their leaders to call a strike in a unanimous vote yesterday, the union said. While the vote does not mean that a strike is inevitable, it is a necessary step if one is to be called.

In a statement, the union said that there were no plans for a strike, which would leave most Broadway theaters dark, though James J. Claffey Jr., the president of Local One, was quoted as saying at the meeting, “No work in December without a deal.”

Local 1 leadership stated:

We are professionals and unashamed to state that we are defending good middle class jobs that pay our mortgages, feed our families and allow our children to attend good schools.

The producers’ numbers, so widely distributed, are misleading at best and often bogus.

Their press release celebrated an offer of 16.5% increase in wages.  But the producers failed to mention their offer was accompanied by a 38% cut in jobs and income.

We are the caretakers of the theatre, the protectors of the workplace.  We keep it safe for all of us.  Six days a week, sometimes seven, we are the first to arrive and last to leave.

One Comment
  1. Kitty Hoffman permalink
    Tuesday, November 13, 2007 3:34 pm

    I am a technician in Vancouver Canada and although I am not a member of the Local here because it is poorly managed I owe all industry standards to iatse anyways. Best of luck, I support your strike with unquestionable solidarity.
    Kitty Hoffman

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