A Broadway strike was averted as a union repping a segment of Broadway crew members announced it has reached a tentative deal with theater owners.
The union representing a segment of Broadway crew members reached a tentative agreement for a new contract with theater owners just as its members were voting on whether to authorize a potential strike, the organizations announced Thursday. https://t.co/ny6Q9cEWrz
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From the New York Times:
The deal involved a subset of Broadway workers who are covered by what is known as the “pink contract,” including roughly 1,500 stagehands, wardrobe personnel, makeup artists and hairdressers.
A strike of those workers — who are involved in 45 theatrical shows, including touring productions, and 28 shows on Broadway — would have had the potential to shut down much of the industry, especially if other unionized theater workers joined in solidarity.
It [the tentative agreement] covers crew members who carry a pink traveling card that shows that they’re able to do union work in different jurisdictions.
“The strike has been averted,” Jonas Loeb, a union spokesman, said in a statement, “though the contract must be approved by the membership.”
Let’s face it – Broadway had a really, really rough time of it during the COVID pandemic. I’m glad to see folks came together to reach a compromise.
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