The neon lights will be bright again on Broadway tonight.
The stagehands union Local One reached a tentative agreement with League of American Theatres and Producers yesterday. Stagehands will be back at work tonight, though the union will take ten days to approve the agreement.
In a statement, Local One president James J. Claffey proclaimed, “Brothers and sisters of Local One, you’ve respresented yourselves and your families and your union proud. That’s enough said right there.”
Charlotte St. Martin, the executive director of the League, also made a statement to the press. “We are pleased to announce that we have a tentative agreement with Local One of IATSE ending the Broadway strike, and we’re happy about that. The agreement is a good compromise that serves our industry. What is most important is that Broadway’s lights will once again be shining brightly with a diversity of productions that will delight all theatre-goers during this holiday time. We look forward to celebrating the season and welcoming our talented stagehands and the theatre-going public back to Broadway.”
A continued strike would be devastating during the holiday season.