|Broadcast Union News photo by Bob Daraio|
A number of patrons tried to have their ticket price refunded at the box office, but were refused. Many chose to forgo supporting union busting anyway and went elsewhere for their evening's entertainment.
|Bloomberg photo by Philip Borof|
|NY Daily News photo by Bryan Smith|
|Paul Dean, Don McKennan, and Bob Daraio on the picket line|
"AGVA is the American Guild of Variety Artists, a union that represents theme park performers, circus artists, revue singers and dancers, comedians, skaters and others. AEA is one of "more than a dozen unions whose highly skilled, creative and talented memberships work tirelessly to entertainment audiences on Broadway." Actors' Equity "firmly believes that our sister unions should be represented at this production."
|AGVA Representatives joined the picket|
The unions plan to continue picketing until producers respond and negotiate in good faith until a fail agreement is reached.
Local One IATSE (www.iatselocalone.org), James J. Claffey, Jr., President, is the premiere stagecraft union in the world, representing 3,100 stage and studio electricians, set carpenters, sound designers, audio technicians, moving-light operators, riggers and special effects people in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester and Rockland.
Local One members construct, install, maintain, and operate the lighting and sound equipment, the scenery and special effects which thrill and delight audiences attending Broadway shows; concerts at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall; the magnificent, spectacular productions at The Metropolitan Opera and throughout Lincoln Center; and the many entertainment and news broadcasts from CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS. Local One technicians work behind the scenes at numerous cable TV studios, major corporate industrials and special events.