Broadway’s 1,500 stagehands, wardrobe personnel and hair and makeup artists will not go on strike Friday, Showbiz 411 reports.
A big issue that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees resolved is better pay for workers on touring shows.
IATSE had voted to authorize a strike Wednesday, with theater workers threatening to hit the picket line as early as Friday morning.
The stagehand union was the latest to consider a strike after the Writer’s Guild went on strike May 2, and Hollywood actors in SAG-AFTRA began their strike July 14.
Broadway could not afford to be shut down after the pandemic break, with many in the theater world saying it would have been ruinous.
The union works on 28 Broadway shows and 17 tours. Tours have become a vital revenue arm for Broadway shows, with road shows bringing the Great White Way to all regions of the U.S.
The theatrical crew union was considering a strike after talks with the Broadway League and Disney Theatrical Productions stalled.
Their contract expired on July 2, 2023, but members had been working under its terms as long as talks continued to be productive. The union and Broadway producers first met on May 25 and again on Monday evening for a 19-hour bargaining session.
Broadway actors and roadies renegotiated their contracts in April and July, respectively, through their Actors’ Equity and Bus & Truck Touring Agreement.
The official IATSE statement reads:
“The IATSE International and the Broadway League and Disney Theatrical Productions have reached a tentative agreement for the “Pink Contract”, pending ratification by the bargaining unit. The agreement covers theatrical technicians employed by the League and Disney on Broadway and on touring productions.”
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