Tentative pact holds off strike threatening Broadway musicals

September 30, 1993|By Glenn Collins | Glenn Collins,New York Times News Service

A tentative agreement between Broadway producers and Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians has been announced in New York, ending, for the moment, the threat of a strike that could have closed nine Broadway musicals and kept 11 more from arriving this season.

The agreement, announced Tuesday and subject to the approval of the executive board of the union and ratification by its members, is said to involve some reduction in the number of musicians that producers are required to hire for Broadway shows.

The union's executive board is to vote on the proposal next Tuesday, and the 800 eligible union members are scheduled to vote on the contract on Oct. 6.

Under the current contract, the larger Broadway houses must hire at least 24 to 26 union members. The producers proposed that the requirement be lowered to 14 to 16.

Several participants, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the union and the producers had agreed on a compromise that would bring about a small reduction in minimums in the larger Broadway theaters, and a large reduction in minimums in the smaller Broadway houses.

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