The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers has rejected a final contract offer from the League of Resident Theaters in a nationwide vote by a margin of 61% to 39%.
The vote could affect South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Orange County's only league theater. A mere 18% of the 1,039 members in the directors' union voted.
A top union official said Wednesday that the union is "eager to go back to the bargaining table" after offering on Tuesday to extend its old contract with the league through Aug. 8 so that member theaters "can proceed as usual" with their seasons.
If new negotiations fail to resolve wage and jurisdictional disputes by that date, however, the union will go on strike against any league theaters that refuse to sign a union-promulgated contract, "which we will offer to them individually," Kathryn Haapala, SSDC deputy executive secretary, said from New York.