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May 31, 2005

Equity Lands at Ellis Island

Equity has signed a new one-year agreement with the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation for performances of Remember the Dream, a 20-minute presentation about immigrants who have traveled through Ellis Island. The show is performed seven times a day, seven days a week in a small theatre located inside of the museum.

There are three Mainstage Actors who perform the show and two Improvisational Actors who greet each arriving tourist boat and promote, as well as understudy, the Mainstage show. In past years, Ellis Island has operated with two separate casts (one cast that worked four days and another cast that worked three days) at a minimum daily salary.

Under the terms of the agreement approved by the Eastern Regional Board on April 12, 2005, Actors will work a five day schedule, with two consecutive days off and be paid a minimum weekly salary of $600. Pension will be 8%; health payment is $151.50 per week, which includes $1.50 Supplemental Workers' Compensation.

"We are pleased with this new agreement that provides full time work for Equity actors," said Senior Business Representative Rick Berg, who negotiated the agreement. Councillors Thomas J. Miller and Nick Locilento served on the negotiating team.

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