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


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Comments [2]

Nez from New York

It is exactly the right place to protest. Audiences have to understand that they are not getting live music - they are paying top dollar for canned music.
Sadly this protest has gotten no press. WNYC, which covers so many things well has ignored this issue. Shows like sound check ignore this and other stories about live music -- where are the stories about the death of the regional orchestras?? No where here.

Jun. 13 2011 11:09 AM
Eric Andrist

But now "Save Live Music ON Broadway" is planning to protest. While I'm all for live musicians, I don't think this is the place to be protesting that, especially since the Tony's uses live musicians.

Jun. 10 2011 04:54 PM

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