Broadway Deal Clears Up Overtime

Volume CVI, No. 3March, 2006

Many Local 802 contracts refer to overtime, but when does overtime really begin? This question was answered in a recent settlement between Local 802 and the League. Two overtime grievances going back to 2003 – involving “Nine” and “The Producers” – were ready to go to arbitration, when a settlement was reached and the arbitration canceled. As part of the agreement, there was also a monetary settlement.

The union and the employer agreed that a performance begins at the time printed on the ticket: that’s when the clock starts running. Musicians must also report to work no later than the same time. However, if a show goes into overtime solely because of a “Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS” announcement, then overtime shall be waived.

Local 802 lawyer Harvey Mars represented the union in the settlement.


Broadway garnered a record-braking $825 million in 2005 making last year the highest-grossing calendar year in history. This was a 10.2 percent increase from the $749 million earned in 2004.

The League told Backstage that paid attendance for Broadway in 2005 reached 11.98 million audience members.

–Heather Beaudoin