Conflicting Loyalties In Broadway Strike

Leaders of the stagehands union had told Broadway producers that the union would cross picket lines, but union members voted not to. “Among both actors and stagehands, some were frustrated that while they were walking the picket lines, the musicians failed to return to the negotiating table all weekend. Several actors also say that, in part, they felt compelled to support the musicians out of self-interest; they have a labor negotiation coming up in June 2004 and may need the musicians to back them.”