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November 13, 2002

Actors' Equity continues negotiations with Producer's League of Theatre for Young Audiences

Union Seeking Wage, Benefit Increases for New Three-Year Agreement

Actors' Equity and the Producer's League of Theatre For Young Audiences (PLOTYA) began negotiations for a new three-year Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) contract on Monday, November 11, 2002. The current agreement expires on December 22, 2002.

The Theatre for Young Audiences Contract is one of Equity's most important national agreements, generating over 12,000 work weeks per year. Earnings under the contract generated $5 million dollars for actors in the last fiscal year, according to Equity's 2000-2001 employment survey.

Senior Business Representative Zalina Hoosein is serving as Equity's Chief Negotiator. Ms. Hoosein, a veteran staff member, has negotiated the last two TYA contracts and has supervised the TYA contract in the Eastern region since 1992.

Equity's negotiating team is comprised of 18 members including Councillors and members at large representing all three regions. Also, participating Equity staff members include Senior representatives Joe Garber from the Western region and Christine Provost from the Central region, Business Representatives Kathy Mercado from the Eastern region, and Bridgett Stegall and Jonathon Widener from the Central region.

Ken Arthur, of Theatreworks USA, is serving as Chief Negotiator for PLOTYA. Other theatres participating include Arts Power, Gingerbread Players, and Inside Broadway.

According to Ms. Hoosein, the Negotiating Team is seeking improvements in a variety of areas including: stage management staffing and pre-production employment; improved equal employment and non-traditional casting opportunities; costume requirements, including dance shoes and kneepads; dance captain increments; improved health and pension contributions; increased salaries and overtime; and higher per diems

Chief Negotiator Hoosein said that "we are looking forward to open and cordial discussions."

David Lotz
Director of Communications
November 13, 2002

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