AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with American Ballet Theatre

Published March 5, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and American Ballet Theatre was approved by AGMA leadership on February 26, after being overwhelmingly supported by the shop.

Congratulations and thank you to the negotiating committee for all their work on this 3-year agreement!


  • Cost of living increases of between 9 and 19% (varying by rank) across three years​
  • Retirement increased to 5% by the third year​
  • A one-time bonus to be paid at the end of ABT’s 2024 Met season​
  • Improved exit pay for Artists who separate from ABT during the term of the CBA​
    • Artists now eligible for exit pay one year earlier​
  • Workday shifted a half-hour earlier and reduced by one half-hour on Saturdays
  • An increase of Supplemental Unemployment Benefits​
  • Guarantee of two physical therapists on tour and for the four weeks preceding any performance period​
  • New parental leave benefits and a commitment to keep pregnant dancers on contract until the time of the dancer’s choosing​
  • Substantially increased disability pay​
  • New minimum staffing requirements and overtime protections for stage managers​
  • Increases to per diem, seniority pay, overtime, penalty pay, extraordinary risk pay, medical reimbursement, and AGMA delegate pay​
  • Provisions for AGMA Artists to advise on executive searches and strategic planning​
  • Schedules available two hours earlier​
  • New temperature and air quality protections​