Saturday, May 25, 2024

Exclusive: Broadway Will NOT Strike As Union Gets An Agreement And Averts Stage Hands Walkout


IATSE has reached an agreement with the Broadway League and Disney Theatricals on what they call pink contracts, I am told exclusively. .

Earlier IATSE had authorized a strike against the theater organizations which would have caused a walkout among stagehands. and a lot of backstage personnel like make up artists.

But cooler minds have prevailed. Broadway could not afford shows shutting down so soon after the pandemic break. It would have been ruinous.

With SAG AFTRA on strike and the Writers Guild, the calamity of a third strike did loom greatly. The IATSE workers had already settled some of their issues, but outstanding ones included better pay for touring shows. Touring is a huge part of the theater world now, with productions hitting all parts of the country and bringing shows to people who can’t make it to New York or Los Angeles.

Here’s the official statement

“The IATSE International and the Broadway League and Disney Theatrical Productions have reached a tentative agreement for the “Pink Contract”, pending ratification by the bargaining unit. The agreement covers theatrical technicians employed by the League and Disney on Broadway and on touring productions.”

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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