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American Ballet Theatre and American Guild of Musical Artists Reach Tentative Agreement

Published January 30, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

New York, NY (January 30, 2018) –  American Ballet Theatre (ABT), the internationally acclaimed ballet company based in New York City, concluded an overall tentative agreement with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the national union representing about 90 dancers and stage managers at the Company. The new three-year agreement, subject to approval by the AGMA Board of Governors, includes annual wage increases and an increase in retirement contributions for the artists, among other modifications. The chief negotiator for AGMA was its New York Area Dance Executive, Griff Braun. “We are very pleased to successfully conclude these negotiations and I know that these dedicated Artists are now looking forward to embarking on ... Read More -->

American Ballet Theatre Artists Vote to Authorize Strike

Published January 19, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

New York, NY (January 19, 2018) –  The Artists of American Ballet Theatre (ABT), the internationally renowned ballet company, overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike shortly after midnight on Wednesday. Eighty (80) Dancers and Stage Managers, represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), took the vote as negotiations stalled.  The Artists have been bargaining with ABT management since late April of 2017 for a new three-year agreement.  Among other issues, the group is seeking to improve retirement contributions which were completely eliminated for one year, then cut in half - from 7.5% to 3.75% - during the recessionary period beginning in 2008.  Artists are now seeking modest increases in the contribution rate to... Read More -->

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Published January 12, 2018   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, AGMA offices will be closed on Monday, January 15th and will reopen on Tuesday, January 16th.... Read More -->

Union Plus Scholarship Program

Published January 8, 2018   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

The 2018 Union Plus Scholarship — Start Your Application Today! Last year, 106 union members, their spouses and dependent children were awarded $150,000 in Union Plus Scholarship, ranging from $500 to $4,000, The Union Plus Scholarship Program awards scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need and commitment to organized labor's values. Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school or a recognized technical or trade school. The application deadline for the 2018 Union Plus Scholarship is January 31, 2018. Register at the scholarship application site and start your online application today. You can return as ma... Read More -->