By Andrew Gans
03 May 2013
The agreement follows five months of negotiations, which culminated in a 15-hour session that ended the morning of May 2.
The three-year contract will cover the period Jan. 1, 2013-Dec. 31, 2015.
The new contract addresses wage increases as well as travel conditions faced by workers on tour. The agreement, according to a press statement, "includes premium pay for load-outs on multiple show days and for travel after a short-rest period, first time additional pay for make-up artists and hairstylists traveling on a seventh day, as well as first-time overage participation (i.e. bonus) for workers on successful tiered tours." The agreement also "includes significant employer contributions to the health and pension plans for workers on tiered tours and wage increases for workers in all categories. It also includes employer contributions to the IATSE Training Trust."
The IATSE is an International Union that represents members employed in the stagecraft, motion picture and television production, and trade show industries throughout the United States, its Territories and Canada.
The Broadway League is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. Its 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the commercial theatre industry.