Colorado Ballet Reaches Agreement With Dancers' Union

Classic Arts News   Colorado Ballet Reaches Agreement With Dancers' Union
The Colorado Ballet, which began the process of applying to join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) in November 2005, will soon be fully unionized.

Company management, members of its dancer negotiation committee and a representative from AGMA have reached a tentative three-year agreement, which will need to be ratified by the dancers when they return in July and approved by the boards of both the ballet company and AGMA. Details of the contract will become available thereafter.

Alan Gordon, executive director of AGMA, said the Colorado Ballet's agreement signified a trend toward the unionization of dance companies.

"We recognize what AGMA brings to the organization and we're very excited to reach this agreement," added Colorado Ballet artistic director Gil Boggs. "Colorado Ballet now joins the ranks of most major ballet companies with union representation for their dancers and it's great to have it happen well in advance of the season opening in October."

AGMA representative Deborah Allton said, "It is a privilege working with the dedicated artists of Colorado Ballet and their representatives on the negotiating committee. This is an excellent first contract achieved by leadership focused on the best possible agreement for the benefit of Colorado Ballet and its dancers."

Colorado Ballet's dancer negotiation committee issued a statement saying, "The dancers are very excited with the completion of this tentative agreement and we are pleased to be involved in the process of creating our work environment. We're looking forward to a future with AGMA and believe that this is a critical first step in taking Colorado Ballet to the next level."

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