Sunday, November 11, 2007
After months of unsuccessful negotiations, the members of International Alliance of Threatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local One walked out Saturday, leaving most of Broadway’s stages dark.
In a statement, IATSE President Thomas Short says negotiations were going well when he joined Local One’s bargaining team in lengthy discussions with the employers on Wednesday and Thursday, but:
I am dismayed that just hours after my departure the employers made a 180-degree turn and began bargaining in a regressive manner. This action demonstrates a clear lack of will on the employers’ part to reach an agreement.
The main issues in the contract talks are work rules and wages.
Wow, no Office and no Phantom of the Opera. What's next? No Mozart?