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AGMA Ratifies FIRST Agreement with Nevada Ballet Theatre

Published September 15, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The FIRST bargaining agreement between AGMA and Nevada Ballet Theatre was approved by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop.

This is a very comprehensive first agreement containing impressive compensation and benefit gains, DEI, and safety language, all legal protections including "Pay or Play,” March 1 re-engagement offers and hiring protections regarding a future AD.

Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 3-year agreement!

CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Base compensation increases
    • 3% - 19.25% in the 1st year
    • 3% in years 2 & 3 with the addition of Seniority Pay
  • Work Policy provisions, including limiting the use of apprentices and students and compensation and protections for artists engaged as choreographers and rehearsal assistants
  • Guarantee of 24 dancers for 26 weeks in year 1 and 25 dancers for 26 weeks thereafter
  • Medical Insurance covered from 50% - 100% by the end of the contract term
  • Increase in Sick Leave and Personal Leave taken at the artists' discretion
  • NEW: Paid Bereavement leave, Jury duty leave, Extended & significant Childbirth/Paternity leave
  • Addition of Short-Term Disability of no less than 60% of wages for 12 weeks
  • Comprehensive work rules with a commitment to a 5-day workweek. undressing time, rest breaks/spans and schedule & casting posting provisions, costume/shoe language, holidays including the ability to request religious observance
  • Access to archival/study films for rehearsal purposes, and highlight reels

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION (DEI) and SAFETY:

  • Harassment Prevention provisions, including:
    • Reverse Weingarten rights (Right to union representation when raising concerns about discrimination and harassment), and training
  • DEI provisions, including:
    • Training
    • Allowing every artist to communicate their pronouns
    • Gender-neutral lavatories at studios
    • Inclusive job postings
  • Health and Safety Addendum including National Smoke & Fog policy
  • COVID Health & Safety Protocols