Gordon said was impressed by the dancers' involvement in these negotiations. "Usually there's just a negotiating committee, but in this instance, the dancers cared so much that we would average 50, 60 dancers at each session, spending the entire day, including the principals, which is even more unheard of. There were still maybe 35 dancers there at 12:30 a.m."
I think this is a positive sign of the times. These dancers are not "kids" (a favored term for dancers by management in the old days). They are adults looking to their future.
It has always been hard for dancers to stand up for themselves. Dancers want to dance and appreciate opportunities to do so, and they are aware of how short a dancer's career it. For those reasons it can be easy to just accept whatever is offered. Good for these dancers for their participation.