Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bravo, Stagehands

From all early reports, the stagehands' strike ended with a settlement that the union can live with happily. That's good news.

I've been critical of Local One's communication strategy, but a win is still a win (assuming that the membership approves the contract.)

Still, in coverage of the settlement in the Times, Post and Daily News, the dominant themes are how good it is for theatergoers that curtains will rise and how much the strike cost the city.

Such coverage inevitably puts unions in a bad light. It treats them as self-serving outfits that enrich their members while disdaining the interests of the rest of us.

All the more reason, then, for Local One and other unions to find more persuasive ways of making their case to the public.

In the meantime, if you want to understand the issues at stake in negotiations, turn to the Times. So far, it has provided the fullest coverage of the issues and done the best job of explaining the union's negotiating stance.

And good luck to the Writers Guild of America.


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