Agreement Between Boston Ballet and American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA); July 1, 2005 Through June 30, 2008

If one wishes to assess the financial implications of the layoffs (i.e., no contract renewals) on the Dancers and Staff, and on the Company, one needs to know what the people are being paid. We may or may not find out about the non-organized folks who are "above" Guilds or Unions, because they are "Management." Lucky them. However the Guild publishes the contract it has negotiated for it's members in the Boston Ballet for all to see. on the AGMA website.

Here I (Chic) have extracted just the title and page 16 and part of 17. It includes Paragraph 17 that covers the pay of the Dancers and Choreographers, I believe. I am not considering benefits, so we can round the numbers up by lets say 15% if the BB is cheap to 30% if it is generous to the most important members of the organization by far.

AGREEMENT

Between

BOSTON BALLET and

AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS

JULY 1, 2005 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2008

17. COMPENSATION

(a) Minimum Compensation – Rehearsal/Performance Weeks

RANK2005/20062006/20072007/2008
Apprentice$ 353.99$ 359.30$ 366.48
New Dancer$ 707.98$ 718.60$ 732.97
Corps Dancer$ 968.80$ 1,017.24$ 1,078.28
3rd Year Corps Dancer$ 1,017.90$ 1,068.80$ 1,132.92
2nd Soloist Dancer$ 1,067.03$ 1,120.38$ 1,187.61
Soloist Dancer$ 1,116.16$ 1,171.97$ 1,242.29
3rd Year Soloist Dancer$ 1,161.14$ 1.219.20$ 1,292.35
Principal Dancers$ 1,310.42$ 1,375.94$ 1,458.50
3rd Year Principal Dancers$ 1,365.62$ 1,433.90$ 1,519.93
Extraordinary Risk $ 55.00 $ 55.00 $ 55.00
Single Delegate Fee $ 125.00 $ 125.00 $ 125.00
Split Delegate Fee $ 140.00 $ 140.00 $ 140.00
Character Artist Performance Rate $ 131.00 $ 133.00 $ 135.00
Character Artist Rehearsal Hourly Rate $ 30.00 $ 32.00 $ 34.00

*ARTISTS who have completed two (2) or more years at the Soloist or Corps Dancer Rank.

**Those Dancers who are paid above Principal minimum and applicable seniority (“Overscale Principal”) shall receive not less than $45.00 increase in salary.

The ARTISTS of Boston Ballet will elect no more than two (2) representatives to share a seat on the Company’s Strategic Planning Committee.

In addition to the above rates, the EMPLOYER agrees to recognize Cost of Living Adjustment under the following formulae:

(i) If the percentage increase in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers - New Series for the City of Boston, Massachusetts, in September 17 of 2006 exceeds such Cost of Living Index for September 2005 by greater than 6%, then with the exception of the Third Year Solo Dancer Rate, all minimum compensation rates specified in Paragraph 17(a) of this Agreement shall be increased by such excess percentage over 6% but not exceeding 10%, effective with the first pay period following July 1, 2006. With respect to the Third Year Solo Dancer Rate, if the percentage increase referred to above is in excess of 9%, then the Third Year Solo Dancer Rate shall be increased by such excess percentage over 9% but not exceeding 10%, effective with the first pay period following July 1, 2006.

(ii) If the percentage increase in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers - New Series for the City of Boston, Massachusetts, in September of 2007 exceeds such Cost of Living Index for September 2006 by greater than 6%, then with the exception of the Third Year Solo Dancer Rate, all minimum compensation rates specified in Paragraph 17(a) of this Agreement shall be increased by such excess percentage over 6% but not exceeding 10%, effective with the first pay period following July 1, 2007. With respect to the Third Year Solo Dancer Rate, if the percentage increase referred to above is in excess of 7%, then the Third Year Solo Dancer Rate shall be increased by such excess percentage over 7% but not exceeding 10%, effective with the first pay period following July 1, 2007.

(b) Any ARTIST appointed by the EMPLOYER to take charge of an officially scheduled rehearsal, whether or not the Ballet Master is present, shall be paid the one-half (1/2) hour Overtime Rate for each such one-half (1/2) hour or fraction thereof. The ARTIST’s uncompensated rehearsal hours shall not be utilized in lieu of payment for performing the service of replacement for Ballet Master. I have arbitrarily cut it off here. Feel free to read the entire document. Is is very interesting. My wife was a member of AGMA starting at the age of 12, I believe. I will correct that later.