Broadway Strike Talks Aim for Happy Ending

Hope of deal emerges as sides 'working hard' to negotiate
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2007 5:37 AM CST
Bruce Cohen, spokesman for the Local 1 Union representing the Broadway stagehands, speaks to reporters outside the negotiations between Broadway producers and stagehands Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 in New York....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The curtain may be falling on the Broadway stagehands' strike, as producers and union reps sat down yesterday in an effort to resolve the dispute for the first time in a week. The marathon session, which carried into this morning, had both sides cautiously optimistic, reports Newsday: "I think we're going to be able to make a deal," said the head of negotiations for one of three theater owners affected by the strike.

"Our people have their spreadsheets open, calculators going and I would assume the other side is all on the hopes of trying to come to conclusion," reports a union spokesman, who added, "Both sides are working hard." The strike, which began Nov. 10, costs the city an estimated $2 million per day.