Theater stagehands in Philadelphia on strike

By the Associated Press | October 1, 2011 | 7:20 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kimmel Center officials say contract negotiations with theater stagehands in Philadelphia have ended without a resolution and that union members are on strike.

A contract between the Kimmel Center and the local chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees expired early Saturday.

The contract covers about 1,000 stagehands, ushers, wardrobe workers and box office staff at the Kimmel Center, the Merriam Theater and the Academy of Music.

Kimmel Center President and CEO Anne Ewers says Saturday she's disappointed the workers decided to strike and that the work action "makes the financial pressures worse." She says performances, at least for the time being, must be cancelled.

The Kimmel Center has rescheduled Saturday's concert by singer Audra McDonald for Nov. 30.