17 January 2013 11:06 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Actors and stage managers working on certain union touring productions will be getting a raise this year, according to the terms of the Actors’ Equity Association and the Broadway League’s new collective bargaining agreement for short engagement tours. The Equity Council ratified a new four-year Short Engagement Touring Agreement, or Seta, at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15.“I am pleased to report that the negotiating team and Equity staff negotiated a strong financial package and improvements in quality of life issues,” said Equity Executive Director Mary McColl, who served as chief negotiator. “These are two areas that are very important to our members.”Highlights of the revised agreement include annual increases to the minimum salary, totaling 10.4 percent over the life of the agreement; a 12 percent increase for the single-occupancy per diem rate and 25 percent increase for the double-room occupancy rate, with additional increases built in annually; and the option for »

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