Joffery Ballet dances toward a last-minute deal in labor negotiations

July 15, 2011

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Players in the Joffery Ballet struck an eleventh-hour deal with the company's administration.

To prevent layoffs, Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave unionized city workers two weeks to come up with a cost-saving solution to the city’s budget problems. The deadline is Friday and the mayor is scheduled to hold a press conference today — WBEZ will be there to see if any pink slips are issued.

Last night the Joffrey Ballet company did strike an eleventh-hour deal. Late Thursday, dancers and administration reached a tentative deal in the ongoing labor stand-off. Meribah Knight is covering the story for the Chicago News Cooperative and joined Eight Forty-Eight with the latest details.