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Strike solidarity

Cleaner reps turn up heat in Broadway negotiations

Members of SEIU 32BJ — the union that reps the porters, cleaners and matrons at Broadway theaters — voted Tuesday to authorize a strike should the org’s bargaining committee initiate one.

Such approval is a necessary but separate event from calling an actual strike, and many times it’s simply a negotiation tactic.

The contract between the union, which reps about 250 people working in Rialto houses, and the Broadway League expires Dec. 31.

A rep for 32BJ said it had begun discussions with other legit unions to see whether they would honor a potential strike, although that kind of support can involve further steps.

For instance, under Actors’ Equity guidelines an international head of a union must put in a request for Equity to honor a strike initiated by another group.

The contract aims of 32BJ include a wage increase, stable provisions for retirement and better access to health care.

The League offered no comment on the specifics of negotiations.

We are confident that we will reach an agreement in a reasonable period of time and are moving forward,” said Charlotte St. Martin, the League’s exec director.

The two sides are skedded to meet again on Thursday.

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