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June 27, 2003

Agreement Reached for Boston History Collaborative

Agreement has been reached covering three Actors working for the Boston History Collaborative as actor/tour guides performing a scripted program on a boat cruise of Boston Harbor (Boston By Sea) and a bus tour of Boston highlighting inventions made in Boston (Innovation Odyssey). These Actors had asked Equity in January 2003 to organize them. "The organizing campaign was successful, a negotiation followed, and tentative agreement was reached on June 19," reports Rick Berg, Equity's chief negotiator for the contract. Council approved the agreement on June 24.

The contract runs for two seasons, from June, 2003 to November, 2004. Compensation is calculated on a per-performance basis, with hourly pay for rehearsals and any other calls. The minimum performance rate is $75. Rehearsal and other calls are paid at $!5 per hour. There is an 8% pension contribution, but no health, as is Equity's policy with per-performance agreements with fewer than four performances per week.

Four boat cruises with performances of Boston By Sea are scheduled per week during the main season, ten weeks from late June through August. In late May and early June and September, there are two weekly performances. In addition, charters and group tours are booked on an ad hoc basis. Two Actors share this schedule equally. The bus tour with a performance of Innovation Odyssey is scheduled once a week. This schedule is shared by two Actors, one of whom also does Boston By Sea.

Equity's Business Representative for the contract will be Tom Kaub who was active in the negotiations. An advisory committee comprised of the three Actors in the unit, Celeste McClain, Frank Ridley and Joseph Zamparelli, and James Bodge, Boston Area Liaison and Chair of the Eastern Committee on Liaison Affairs, also participated.

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