Curtain Closed: Broadway Stagehands Walkout

A walkout by stagehands continues to force dozen of Broadway shows into the dark.

And Union leaders say the two day long walkout could stretch for weeks.
Striking stagehands serenaded Monday by a supporting cast of unionized musicians. Meanwhile inside a nearby church Union leaders unleashed rhetoric that was anything but subtle.

Local one Union Chief James Claffey Junior told reporters the strike was the stagehands' only option as they try to protect what they claim is rightfully theirs. And he brought support the leaders of the Musicians and Actors Unions. The press conference came a day after producers and theater owners assailed a practice they call featherbedding staffing requirements producers insist are way too high.

After months of heated negotiations stagehands walked off the job in time for Tuesday’s matinees causing the multi-million dollar business of Broadway to ground to a halt. Stagehands insist they've already compromised on a number of Producers' demands and that they won't return to the table until the producers show them respect.

No new negotiations have been scheduled between the two parties at this time.

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