The union's bargaining committee is seeking pay increases, expanded healthcare coverage, and an increase in employer-paid pension contributions for retirement security. Its members currently make $17.25 per hour.
The Broadway League, the trade organization that represents Broadway theatre owners and producers, and 32BJ Local SEIU have had several meetings to negotiate the terms of the new contract. The new tentative agreement averts a possible strike according to the union. Details of the agreement are being withheld until 32BJ Local SEIU votes to ratify the contract in the next week.
"This is a fair agreement that addresses the concerns of our members, the men and women who work hard every day to keep theatres safe, clean and running for the millions of theatregoers who come to Broadway from around the world," said Shirley Aldebol, vice president of 32BJ, in a statement. "We are looking forward to presenting and discussing the agreement with our members over the next few days."
The Broadway League's executive director Charlotte St. Martin issued the following statement: "After continued productive negotiations, the Broadway League and SEIU Local 32BJ have reached a tentative agreement on a new mutually beneficial agreement."