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    Posted May 20, 2007

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New Contracts Reached With Two Florida Dinner Theatres

The Eastern Regional Board approved agreements on April 17, 2007 with the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre in Sarasota, Florida and Alhambra Dinner Theatre in Jacksonville. The former contract is for two years; the latter for four.

Negotiations were held separately on March 5 and 6 and both theatres indicated that they were in economic distress and provided documentation supporting their claims. As a result, Equity agreed to allow Alhambra to keep their reduced ratio. For both, Equity agreed to a contract with a 10% annual increase in health rates, inclusive of Supplemental Workers' Compensation, bringing health rates to $157 in May, 2007, to $173 in 2008, and , in the case of Alhambra, to $190 in 2009 and $209 in 2010.

The Equity negotiators achieved their proposed salary increases for Alhambra, as well as proposed chorus and parts increments. Minimum salaries, therefore, go to $497 for Actors and $601 for Stage Managers in 2007; $514* for Actors, $622* for Stage Managers in 2008; $532* for Actors, $644* for Stage Managers in 2009, and $551* for Actors, $667* for Stage Managers in 2010 (* or Cost of Living, whichever is greater, not to exceed 5%).

In addition, Chorus assigned to play a part originally performed by a Principal shall receive no less than $25 per week, up from $21, and Chorus assigned to play a part originally assigned to Chorus shall receive no less than $10 per week, up from $8.

For Golden Apple, Equity agreed to a smaller salary increase and to postpone proposed chorus and parts increments to the second year. Minimum salaries for Actors are $400 in 2007 and $486 for Stage Managers and $405 for Actors , $492 for Stage Managers in 2008. Also, any Actor earning less than $455 per week shall receive overtime of $8 per half hour or part thereof, for all weekly hours above 40.

Equity's Negotiating Team included Second Vice President Jean-Paul Richard, Chair; Councillor Margot Moreland and Valerie Toth-Grant, and for Staff, Chief Negotiator was Rick Berg, assisted by Nancy Fattorini and Doug Truelsen.

"We are pleased to maintain this long term relationship with these two important Florida theatres and we hope these agreements will restore them to stability," said Mr. Berg.

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