Broadway Strike - Day Eighteen: Talks to resume on 28 Nov
|Local One Pickets|
Update: 27 Nov 2007 (12:30pm) Since the League's earlier announcement this morning (27 Nov 2007) which stated that no further talks between the union and the League had been scheduled, they have now announced that talks will resume at 10am on 28 Nov 2007. The new statement reads:
The League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One talked through the night and were unable to reach an agreement. Talks will resume tomorrow (Wednesday, November 28) at 10 a.m. Performances are canceled through Wednesday's matinees
The latest round of negotiations between Local One and The League of American Theatres and Producers has again ended with no agreement. The League posted the following statement on its website a short time ago:
The League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One talked through the night and were unable to reach an agreement. No further talks are scheduled. Performances will be cancelled through Wednesday's matinees.
There was a great deal of optimism when these latest round of negotiations began on Sunday 25 Nov, with both sides confident that an agreement would be reached. When the talks on Sunday stopped, after 20 hours of negotiation, and it was announced that they would resume on Mon 26 Nov, that optimism remained strong.
But as the hours ticked away and Mon evening turned into Tuesday morning many were beginning to suspect a settlement may not be reached, and so it came as no surprise that it was announced, that after a 13 hour marathon session, there as still no agreement.
The two sides have made some progress, Variety reports, "Sources say crucial questions regarding load-in (the period during which stagehands install scenery on new shows) have been resolved but others remain, in particular the rules regarding work during rehearsal time and outside performance schedules."
There was one tiny glimmer of good news in the League's announcement that may suggest the talks will resume again soon, and that was the news that the League had only cancelled shows through to Wed matinees.
When the last round of talks broke down on 19 Nov 2007 the League cancelled shows for all of the following week. Let us hope that the League's unwillingness to see Broadway closed for another week - and the resultant lost of income to the Producers - will lead to further talks in the next few days.
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