Broadway Shows Maybe Cancelled Due To Labor Strikes

By O'Jay Burgess | Dec 13, 2012 06:02 PM EST

According to the Los Angeles Times protests have broken out on Broadway due to a labor dispute with some workers.

During Hurricane Sandy a slice of the Broadway season had been eroded due to closures now the striking workers may add further financial woes to a stop start season.

A labor union made up of cleaners, porters, elevator operators, matrons and other service workers at most Broadway theaters voted Wednesday to authorize a strike, according to reports. The union, Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, is in a dispute with the Broadway League, primarily over healthcare benefits according to the Times.

The contract with union is due to expire on Dec.30 and with the holiday period a key part of the Broadway season those operating shows can ill afford to let negotiations rumble on without a concrete solution.

In response to the protest the Broadway League issued a statement saying that it "looks forward to reaching a mutually beneficial agreement" with the union.  

The demonstrations have been outside the offices of the in recent days according to the Times and they also reported that Union leaders said they will return to the bargaining table on Friday.

According to the report a strike would affect 32 Broadway theaters, out of a total of 40 houses this season in the arts have seen many orchestras like the Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and also the Chicago Symphony Orchestra struggle due to striking.

Some the top acts that are going to be on Broadway are the likes of George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker," performed by the New York City Ballet and The Rockettes who perform at Radio City Music Hall.

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