From Ismene Brown's blog, commentary on the completed and waiting-for-signature three-year labor contract, which includes dancer participation in the bonus pool distribution and a translation of the Izvestia report/announcement:
The announcement of the imminence of a several-times delayed contract coincides with a warning on Monday by Cultural Minister Vladimir Medinsky of a wholesale shakeup of arts world salaries that he intends to see through. I'm translating that separately, but the Bolshoi's Urin is quoted as being doubtful about Medinsky's plan - it's unclear whether in fact the two are mutually incompatible.
Brown also links to her article in this month's "Dance Magazine," in which she writes,"Urin’s had to make the Soviet-devised payment system work in modern times for modern theaters." If Medinsky's plan is a departure from the system and not a cosmetic re-shuffling, it could be to Urin's advantage, especially since it's hard to imagine a system that doesn't have Gergiev's blessing, ie, with no diminished power for him. I think that if the new contract is rendered moot by Medinsky's plan, it still is a win for Bolshoi management, since management's concession on the bonus pool distribution can be seen by the dancers as a victory for them, even if it's later revoked by the government, and, at best, a sign of good faith and reconciliation by management.
In the article there are extensive comments by Ratmansky, who thinks the contract is feel-good for the dancers, about working conditions at the Bolshoi. Aside from maternity leave and menstruation leave that applies to all the women in the company, the main corps-specific thing he addresses is short rehearsal time on the days of performance and company-specific lifetime employment, but a lifetime contract isn't terribly helpful to corps members who are being starved out by being paid per performance and minimally cast. ABT dancers don't have the same guarantees or coaching, if he's comparing the companies mentally, but at least for the year, anyone on contract knows what his or her paycheck will be, and there's a union to protect it. Presumably the extra paid month off at the Bolshoi is an amount known in advance.