NEW YORK, NY — The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) proudly announced that members working under The Broadway League and Buena Vista Theatrical d/b/a/ Disney Theatrical, IATSE Pink Contract have overwhelmingly voted in favor of the proposed contract. With a 65.5% turnout, the vote passed with 678 members (70.4%) in favor, and 285 (29.6%) against.
This new agreement heralds a significant moment for the workers covered under the Pink Contract, as this was the first opportunity for these members to vote on the ratification of their agreement. The decision validates their collective voice and highlights a cultural shift within the union towards improved democratic processes with respect to bargaining campaigns.
This agreement features several historic gains. The Health Care plan will stay the same for the length of the contract with no added cost to workers. Both Heads and Assistants would see wage increases to match the street rate for touring shows, with Broadway minimum rates increasing to move towards parity with similar workers in other Locals. Employers would be required to provide hotel accommodations and increase the daily per diem, reducing touring workers’ out-of-pocket expenses as hotel and food costs continue to rise. And for the first time ever, the bargaining committee got the employers to agree on language which provides a day off for workers, as the union has emphasized for years.
“The strength and unity shown by our members during this process have been remarkable,” said IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb. “The ratification of this agreement is a testament to their collective power and sets an uplifting precedent for future negotiations.”