Producers and Stagehands Union Will Reconvene Nov. 25

News   Producers and Stagehands Union Will Reconvene Nov. 25
The League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One, the stagehands union, will reconvene Sunday, Nov. 25.

Charlotte. St. Martin, executive director of the League, released a statement Nov. 24 simply stating, "Negotiations between the LATP and Local 1 are scheduled to resume tomorrow [Nov. 25]."

Earlier in the week the union had requested another round of negotiations with the League. Bruce Cohen, a spokesperson for the union, told Nov. 21 that "Local One has only asked the League to meet on Sunday, but we've heard no reply." Alan Cohen, the League's spokesperson, told that same day, "There are discussions about a meeting on Sunday, but nothing has been scheduled yet."

Negotiations, however, are now confirmed to resume Sunday, Nov. 25.

The League and the union were last at the negotiating table Nov. 17 and 18. Many had hoped that that weekend of negotiations — the first time the union and the League had sat down together since Nov. 9 — would lead to a quick resolution. Those in the industry believed that the talks, which began Saturday morning, Nov. 17, would be aided by the participation of Robert W. Johnson, a Disney labor relations executive who flew in to mediate. Thomas C. Short, the president of I.A.T.S.E. who had granted strike authorization to the Broadway stagehands union on Nov. 9, was also part of the weekend meetings.

The two days' worth of negotiating at the Westin Hotel proved unfruitful. The producers left the meeting after no agreement could be reached. Following the Sunday talks, producers announced they would cancel shows through the Thanksgiving weekend. The stagehands strike began Nov. 10 and is currently in its 15th day. Shows in the 26 affected theatres have been canceled through Nov. 25.

Only nine Broadway shows are currently up and running.

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