Labor Dispute Protest at Tony Awards Averted
Friday, June 10, 2011
A labor dispute threatening to spoil this weekend’s Tony Awards was averted at the last minute when the stagehand’s union and the event’s producers came to an agreement over staffing.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees planned to picket the Beacon Theatre this weekend because it had not hired any union employees to set up the red carpet for Sunday's event, but they came to an agreement Friday afternoon.
The details have not been released, but unionized workers will be staffing the red carpet, according to a statement.
Broadway’s biggest award show is usually held at Radio City Music Hall, but this year’s Tony Awards are at the 3,000-seat Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side.
Unionized stagehands usually set up the red carpet, but this year’s location is outside the perimeter of union-secure jobs.
With reporting by Associated Press