Actors' Equity and Off-Broadway Reach Four-Year Agreement

News   Actors' Equity and Off-Broadway Reach Four-Year Agreement Actors' Equity Association ratified the new four-year Off-Broadway agreement at a Nov. 8 Eastern Regional Board Meeting, the union announced. In a meeting of its board held soon after, the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers approved the same pact.

The contract will take the two sides up until October 2009. Salaries will jump with the agreement, with increases ranging from 6.5 percent to 8.2 percent for the life of the agreement. Other aspects of the deal include greater flexibility in promotions, recording and marketing; notification to Equity for all raked stages in excess of one half inch; and the addition of language that prohibits inherently dangerous conditions.

"The negotiations were amicable and very productive for both sides and that cooperation shows in the resulting agreement," said Carol Waaser, Equity's eastern regional director and chief negotiator, in a statement. "Together we made strides in the issues that were important to both the Union and the League."