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October 01, 2002

Council Approves Cabaret Contract

Council approved terms for a new four-year Cabaret Contract at its meeting on Tuesday, September 17th. The agreement will be in effect from October 14, 2002 through October 15, 2006.

The national agreement covers theatrical, revue or theme- or character-driven performances in cabaret style spaces with tables and chairs and food/beverage service, in venues up to 500 seats. The show must be 90 minutes or less (including intermission).

According to Joe Garber and Patrick Lee, the contract is currently being used by SHEER MADNESS companies in Washington and Boston, by BIRDIE BACHELORETTE'S PARTY in New York and by Denver Center Attractions in Colorado. Equity is seeking to expand the use of the contract nationwide.

Weekly salaries are tiered and will now range from $366 to $722 for actors and $442 to $874 for Stage Managers. There are also provisions for a per-performance schedule.

Pension is accrued at 8%, with full health benefits, ranging from $110 to $122 per week in the first year of the agreement. (Note: health insurance is not required for less than 4 performances per week). The agreement is 100% Equity.

New features of the Cabaret Contract include set-move payments; dance captain increments based on 15% of weekly minimum salary; and new safe and sanitary provisions. According to Lee, sanitary conditions were cited by many actors as one their priority concerns.

Equity's new smoke and fog protocols and non-discrimination provisions are also in the new agreement.

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