Local One Sets Date for Contract Vote | Playbill

News Local One Sets Date for Contract Vote
Local One, the stagehands union, will decide whether to ratify its new contract later this week.

A spokesperson for the union confirmed that the union's members will decide whether to approve its new contract with the League of American Theatres and Producers Dec. 9. The contract was created following a 19-day strike that was initiated by the union on Nov. 10. Following the tentative agreement reached between the League and the union, League executive producer Charlotte St. Martin said on Nov. 28, "We are pleased to announce that we have a tentative agreement with Local One of IATSE ending the Broadway strike. . . . The agreement is a good compromise that serves our industry."

According to reports, neither the union nor the League got exactly what it wanted. The producers were able to eliminate some long-standing work rules, decreasing the number of men needed for show load-ins, but other labor requirements were left in place. The stagehands, meanwhile, lost some jobs, but got a healthy pay raise, stretched over five years, in return. A few Broadway sages noted that, whatever the gains, the millions lost during the the strike's three weeks will never be recovered.

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