Labor headache on Broadway may be averted

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NEW YORK (AP) — A union representing hundreds of Broadway theater cleaners, porters, elevator operators and bathroom attendants has reached a tentative labor agreement with the Broadway League to avert a strike.

The potential deal, announced Monday, must be ratified by the 250 theater workers represented by 32BJ, a process expected soon. Members of the union had authorized a strike last week if an acceptable new contract wasn't agreed on by the end of the year.

The current contact ends Dec. 30. Workers are seeking pay increases and better health care benefits.

Any strike would have affected workers at 32 of Broadway's 40 theaters where the 32BJ has a contract, meaning all the Shubert, Nederlander and Jujamcyn-owned theaters, as well as the Circle in the Square Theatre.

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