May 032011

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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