Local 802 and Theatre League Reach Agreement to End Musicians' Strike
Local 802, American Federation of Musicians has reached an agreement with the League of American Theatres and Producers that will allow performances of 18 Broadway musicals to continue tonight for the first time since Thursday, March 6.
Negotiations between the two sides had broken down on Friday and there were no talks at all on Saturday or Sunday. But, late yesterday afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged the musicians and the League to return to the bargaining table in order to end the strike that had begun to cripple the economy of New York City.
An agreement between the parties was reached following round-the-clock negotiations at Gracie Mansion. At a press conference this morning, Mayor Bloomberg hailed mediator Frank Macchiarola (former NYC schools chancellor) for his role in helping to end the strike, while Local 802 president Bill Moriarity and League president Jed Bernstein both expressed relief at the resolution.