Broadway producers have reached a deal to pay actors and industry workers while the coronavirus keeps theaters shut down.
The “emergency relief agreement,” brokered by the Broadway League and a coalition of unions, will secure several weeks of pay and a month of health insurance for hundreds of actors, musicians and stagehands, the New York Times reported Friday.
“The leaders of our industry have been working tirelessly with our partners at the unions to forge an agreement that will address many of the needs of our employees during this crisis,” said Charlotte St. Martin the president of the Broadway League, a trade organization.
“We are a community that cares about each other, and we are pleased that we can offer some relief.”
Broadway closed curtains on March 12 over the coronavirus pandemic in what is the worst crisis the industry has faced since 9/11.
All unionized employees will be paid for that partial week as well as for the following two weeks under the agreement, the Times reported.
But workers will only receive the contractual minimum during the latter 14 days, meaning many will effectively be taking a pay cut.
Health benefits would be provided through April 12, though federal officials believe Americans can be stuck at home for at least several weeks longer. Both sides could come to the table in the coming weeks to negotiate extending benefits.
“It’s the best deal we could get under trying circumstances,” actress Kate Shindle, the president of Actors’ Equity Association, which represents actors and stage managers, told The Times.