IATSE deal averts strike on Broadway

Committees agree on three-year contract, wage increases

NEW YORK — IATSE’s Local One, the stagehands union, and the League of American Theaters and Producers came to an agreement late Monday, averting a strike that would have immediately closed nearly 20 shows on Broadway.

The two negotiating committees have unanimously recommended that their respective memberships approve the three-year contract, which calls for some wage increases. A rep for Local One said the union’s membership would meet in 14 days to vote on the proposed contract.

The IATSE stagehands had voted to authorize a strike against the league on Nov. 19. They had been without a contract since July 31. Union sources had said the talks with the league were “stalled,” the stagehands insisting on terms comparable to the contract they had ratified on Sept. 12 with the Nederlander Organization, which owns eight Broadway theaters and half of the Palace Theater.

Disney and Livent’s contracts with Local One do not expire for another year.

The newly ratified Nederlander/Local One contract calls for an annual 3% to 3.5% increase in pay along with title and category upgrades for some stagehands.