New York City Ballet finds a deal with the dancers

Dancers with the New York City Ballet voted 63-1 on Tuesday to accept a contract after contentious negotiations over issues like overtime and salary. “I’m pretty excited,” said Devin Alberda, a member of the company’s corps de ballet who serves on the dancers’ six-member negotiating committee. “I don’t think we got everything we wanted, but we made a lot of progress in terms of our work conditions.”

The dancers will receive a 2.5 percent pay increase for the year beginning in August and no increase for the current year. (They had asked for a 3 percent raise for both years; the company had proposed no increase for the current year and a 1.5 percent increase for 2011-12.) The troupe, which is facing a $6 million deficit on an operating budget of $62 million, unsuccessfully tried to reduce overtime pay.

“There are always compromises,” said Katherine Brown, City Ballet’s executive director. “We have a lot to do going forward to get ourselves to a balanced budget. But I think it’s a good start.”

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