Is the Stagehands Strike Nearing an End?

News   Is the Stagehands Strike Nearing an End? Although NY1 reported that those picketing have been ordered to return their picket signs to the union office, union spokesperson Bruce Cohen told Playbill.com at 9:40 PM, "The picket lines always come down at 8:10 PM."

What was interpreted by the local cable channel as the end of the strike may not be so. "NY1 got it wrong and is correcting. On the other hand, do keep watching," Cohen added.

No official news about the strike's end has been announced, although word is expected one way or the other this evening.

The stagehands strike, which began Nov. 10, is currently in its 19th day.

Although the previous meetings between the League and the union have been unsuccessful, there was a sense of optimism as members headed into the Nov. 28 meeting at 10 AM. Herschel Waxman, the Senior Vice President of the Nederlander Organization who is in charge of Labor Relations, told NY1, "As optimistic as I was the other day, I'm equally as optimistic we'll have it done today. I've been wrong, but I swear to you, I believe we will have a deal finished today." Bruce Cohen, a spokesperson for the union, said, "The tarps are off the field. The sun is shining. We're in the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World Series, and as Yogi Berra didn't say, 'It's not over until the fat lady sings.'"

Playbill.com will provide further information about the possible resolution of the strike as it is made available.