Broadway Stagehands Settle Dispute
NEW YORK (AP) _ Stagehands responsible for keeping things running at 23 Broadway theaters struck a deal with management to avert a strike at the peak of the holiday season.
Representatives from Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and The League of American Theatres and Producers confirmed Monday evening that they had a settlement.
Negotiators for both sides promised to unanimously recommend the terms to their members _ 385 union workers and the theater managers negotiators represent.
``We are happy to announce that the Local One stagehand’s union and the League of American Theatres and Producers have reached an agreement that will extend their contract for three years,″ both parties said in a joint statement.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Union members were set to vote on the proposal in two weeks.
Stagehands at the 23 Broadway theaters _ including those where popular shows like ``Miss Saigon,″ ``Chicago″ and ``Fosse″ are playing _ voted Nov. 19 to authorize a strike, a move managers deemed merely a negotiating tactic.
Local One represents 2,150 workers in all, though only a fraction were affected by the latest dispute. Their contract expired July 31.