Musicians Union to Sign New Contract With Broadway Producers

News   Musicians Union to Sign New Contract With Broadway Producers
 
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians announced May 29 that they have agreed to a new three-year contract with The League of American Theatres and Producers, Disney Theatrical Productions, and Musical Rights, Inc.

The new contract — which improves the musicians' healthcare plan — was approved by 82 percent of the voters. Local 802 president Mary Landolfi said in a statement, "With Broadway experiencing steady growth, we are heartened that the producers have acknowledged the invaluable contribution that musicians make to the success of their productions. This settlement delivers what our members asked for by dramatically improving our health plan, and will secure benefits for more members than ever. It is a positive agreement for both sides."

Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc., added, "We are pleased with this outcome, which reflects the parties' positive working relationship. The settlement is a rational solution and will provide improved health benefits for our employees, while containing costs in an increasingly competitive industry. It is an agreement that promotes a positive environment for League employers and our musicians."

The new agreement, according to the press statement, "secures significant additional contributions for the health plan from producers. The additional contributions will also expand the pool of musicians eligible for the plan." The musicians agreed to give up two wage increases during the three-year term in exchange for the healthcare benefits.

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