“This strike vote will send a strong message that we will not accept substandard contracts that fail to acknowledge our workers’ contributions,” said Mathew Loeb, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). “We will not back down unless we have a deal the members can accept by the end of the week.”
A strike would halt performances not just of 28 shows in New York City but also 17 touring shows across the United States and Canada, the union said.
The Broadway League and Disney Theatrical, the two groups representing management in talks with the union, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Strike authorization votes almost always pass with an overwhelming majority of rank-and-file members voting yes. Most union labor negotiations include such a vote as part of the process, and most reach a labor deal without there actually being in a strike.
“We need to show strength and unity to ensure we win the wages, benefits, and rights that all members at IATSE have earned and deserve,” said an email sent to union members urging them to vote to authorize the strike.
But it is rare that a strike vote is held just hours before the start of a possible strike. Typically they take place weeks or months before a strike deadline, allowing for further talks before union members walk out. The fact that this vote comes so close to the union’s threatened walkout increases the chance that there will be a strike this time.
However, it is still possible that a work stoppage can be avoided. There are no matinee performances of Broadway shows on Friday, giving negotiators about a day and half from Thursday morning to Friday night to reach an 11th-hour deal.
The union’s statement said that while it reached a tentative agreement to protect employer-provided health care without cuts or increased out-of-pocket costs and to secure employer-provided housing for touring crews for the first time, the two sides remain far apart on other union priorities, including increased salaries and reasonable weekly and daily rest periods.
With Broadway still reeling from the pandemic – and SAG/AFTRA and the writer’s still on strike; this is not a good update at all. It seems like everyone’s going on strike these days. With the subway and bus fares in NYC are going up next month and congestion pricing coming soon, the arts world on the East Coast is going into seismic shock. Stay tuned!
As we went to press, it was reported that a strike WILL NOT happen …. whew! Here’s some more specific info via Deadline: https://deadline.com/2023/07/iatse-broadway-league-pink-contract-deal-1235443099/
NEW OLD FLEETWOOD — In August of 1977, Fleetwood Mac returned home to Los Angeles for a run of shows at the LA Forum at the peak of its powers. Rumours had been released in February, when the band went out on the road to tour in support of its 11th studio effort at the time (but the second in its new iteration, emphasizing the contributions of vocalist Stevie Nicks and guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham), and by the time the group returned to L.A., it was already a monumental success.
These three shows were performed in front of roughly 50,000 fans, and were recorded for posterity — and on Sept. 8, Rhino Records will release a nearly 90-minute collection of live material from the shows.
Appropriately titled Rumours Live, the set includes live versions of most of the songs from Rumours and Fleetwood Mac, the group’s first multi-platinum #1 album, which came out in 1975.
The concert remained unreleased for decades until 2021, when “Gold Dust Woman” from the show was included as a bonus track on Live: Deluxe Edition, Rhino’s expanded version of Fleetwood Mac’s 1980 concert album. The other 17 songs on the collection have never been released before.
More details on the live recording:
The concert’s setlist draws almost exclusively from Fleetwood Mac and Rumours, the first two albums recorded by the band’s latest incarnation: Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Christine McVie, and the newest members, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham. The lone nod to Fleetwood Mac’s other nine studio albums is a performance of “Oh Well,” a rock-guitar masterpiece originally released in 1969 and written by the band’s founder, guitarist Peter Green.
Engineer Ken Caillat, who helped record Rumours, also recorded the concert at The Forum using the Record Plant’s mobile recording truck. He captured the band’s impassioned performance at a moment of peak Rumours frenzy, including powerful versions of “Landslide,” “Never Going Back Again,” “Songbird,” and “The Chain.”
SHORT TAKES — Terrific round-up piece by Alexis Petridis on the surge in music memoirs. Check it out here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jul/15/shake-rattle-and-write-why-the-music-memoir-is-booming?fbclid=IwAR18EBnHxzNaxG9UXQztOfO_ylhAlPCWGVoRMGHQmwSxsSs4aLfEZ-86goA … New Eric Clapton song “How Could We Know.” Check it out here: https://www.kshe95.com/real-rock-news/eric-clapton-releases-new-song-how-could-we-know/… Talk about a great bill: Earth, Wind & Fire with Lionel Richie at Madison Square Garden August 12. I’ll be there for sure …
Disney’s captain Bob Iger makes $78,00 a day. Yes, a day. His comments about the striking writer’s having unrealistic expectations has sent shivers down the spine of Hollywood. A poor choice of words for sure. He replaced Bob Chapek, who everyone thought was running Disney into the ground. What now? …
Jason Aldean’s “Try That In A Small Town” has drawn criticism it seems, from every sector. I’m not going to get into the politics here, but what I do want to say is that the song features a powerful, riveting production.
When I first heard it, I thought of Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry.” I’ve got to do some more work to suss out what’s really happening here; but suffice to say, Aldean has never gotten ink like this before. Call me snarky, but this has the textured-vibe of a very, well-crafted PR-campaign. Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1_RKu-ESCY … And, we hear Donnie Kehr’s Rockers On Broadway event may well be held this year at a new venue. in NYC. Date is Monday, October 16 …
We’re still on Invasion on Apple TV+ and just loving it. The creator Simon Kinberg (X Men; Fantastic Four; Logan; Deadpool) is just spot-on. This show is not about aliens, but what happens to people during the invasion; a great, different perspective. Four distinct stories go over actually very well. Highly recommended … Whatever happened to guitarist Sean Harkness? We heard about him for months, then nada … and, Happy BDay Carlos Santana!