Local One Raised $5 Million to Prepare for Strike

Juan Gonzalez of the The New York Daily News takes an inside look at the Broadway strike:

James Claffey, Local One’s burly young president, carefully prepared for a showdown. Claffey convinced his members the time had come for the union to stand up to the owners. He even convinced a reluctant Thomas Short, president of the local’s parent union, that strong action was needed.

And this time, the Broadway owners and producers adopted a hard-line strategy against their workers. To begin with, they hired the Proskauer Rose law firm and its labor relations chairman, Bernard Plum, to fashion their strategy.

The city’s organized labor movement hates Proskauer Rose.

This is the same firm that advised the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in labor negotiations that led to the disastrous transit workers strike two years ago.