Broadway faces potential holiday labor headache

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Associated Press

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 3:03 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The union representing hundreds of Broadway porters, elevator operators and theater cleaners has voted to authorize their leadership to call a strike if a new contract isn't approved by the end of the month.

That could potentially throw a wrench into a busy holiday season around Times Square.

Members of the 250-person 32BJ SEIU union voted Wednesday during a loud rally outside the offices of the Broadway League, which represents producers and theater owners.

Any strike would affect workers at 32 of Broadway's 40 theaters.

The 32BJ contract expires Dec. 30. Workers are seeking pay increases and better health care benefits. The next bargaining session is scheduled for Friday.

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