Broadway Strike Averted, Labor Union Makes Tentaive Deal
A potential strike that would have seen the Broadway season derailed has been averted on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The union that represents theatre workers that comprise of bathroom attendants, porters and elevator operators, the 32BJ union has come to a tentative agreement with the Broadway League that will see better working conditions and benefits for the workers.
The contracts for the workers were set to expire on Dec. 30. Workers took to the streets early last week. According to The Times, the details haven't been officially announced because it must be approved by the 250 affected workers.
The workers who make $17.25 per hour were lobbying for better pay and healthcare benefits, as well as, an increase in employer-paid pension contributions and the news of the agreement may soon see those benefits in place.
"This is a fair agreement that addresses the concerns of our members, the men and women who work hard every day to keep theaters safe, clean and running for the millions of theatergoers who come to Broadway from around the world," said Shirley Aldebol, vice president of 32BJ to the Times. "We are looking forward to presenting and discussing the agreement with our members over the next few days."
According to the Times, among the 32 of the 40 Broadway theaters that would have been affected by a strike are all the Nederlander, Jujamcyn and Shubert-owned theaters, as well as the Circle in the Square Theatre and it reports that the agreement is expected to be finalized by next week.