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Stagehands return to bargaining table

Groups gather in attempt to end theater strike

Broadway producers and stagehands returned to the bargaining table Wednesday morning for another marathon session in an attempt to end the 19-day strike that has shut down most Rialto offerings.

Although both sides had publicly expressed optimism for a resolution by the end of the day, reps for striking stagehands union Local One and the League of American Theaters and Producers were still in talks late Wednesday.

Meeting is the third long session since Sunday morning. After several stops and starts over the protracted bargaining process, both sides now seem committed to hammering out a deal and ending the work stoppage that shuttered more than 25 shows over Thanksgiving weekend, one of Broadway’s most lucrative frames.

Final stages of the talks are now said to be focused on wage increases, as the two orgs adjust expectations based on the compromises they have made regarding contractual work rules and employment requirements governing the load-in and running of Broadway shows.

With productions affected by the strike officially cancelled through Wednesday, the earliest darkened Rialto shows could get up and running again is Thursday evening.

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