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Broadway Union Reaches Tentative Deal With Management That Could Have Cancelled 45 Shows

For the unversed, a tentative deal was declared by the Broadway League, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and Disney Theatrical Productions, that represent producers.

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Striking writers and actors chant as they walk a picket line. (Image: AP)

FINALLY, a deal has been struck between the union that represents Broadway backstage workers, theater owners and producers to prevent a strike that would have closed the curtains shows on theatrical productions in New York City.

For the unversed, a tentative deal was declared by the Broadway League, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and Disney Theatrical Productions, that represent producers.

IATSE had been in the procedure of conducting a strike vote when negotiators gave their nod to a tentative deal. The agreement still has to be formally ratified by IATSE members, a body including stagehands and other backstage employees.

If this strike wasn’t averted, 28 shows in New York City and 17 shows currently touring Canada & the United States and Canada would have been called off.

Before this agreement comes into force, all rank-and-file members have to be notified. While the complete details of the agreement haven’t been declared, the union’s statement suggested that it had reached agreements to protect healthcare and to provide housing for touring crews.

According to the joint statement made by the union and management groups, the respective parties are bound to inform their members of the details of this agreement.

The strike would have also added to the intense labor strife that has stirred up the entertainment industry.

For those who came in late, SAG-AFTRA strike combined with the ongoing WGA strikes has basically frozen Hollywood.

Several actors and directors have given their support to the strikes, with even Tom Cruise Zooming into a June negotiating session, urging the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to hear out the guild’s concerns.

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