What was confusing was "this is sort of a common misunderstanding about the way Broadway works and the economics involved. Every single person, from the box office staff to the ticket-takers to the ushers in front of house, to the orchestra members, wardrobe personnel and stage doormen backstage, would need to be paid per performance, per hour, or by the day, depending on how the individual contracts work."
The first part of what you say just in the later post is quite different from that. But that's not what's really confusing. What is confusing is what you meant by "would need to be paid..." You say things "need" to be negotiated, but around a dozen producers have already announced shows that are being reopened in the fall and there are extant contracts covering that. Almost all of them are for an 8 performance or less work week. There is no pro-ration in those contracts. The league presumably wants to negotiate on this but that has not yet happened and tbh to the extent they have announced reopening, they are in a somewhat weak bargaining position. Beyond that, it is inconceivable to me that any union is going to agree to a pro-rata reduction. (Also as I have mentioned, any negotiation would relate only to the wage component; fixed parts of the compensation package (and other aspects of labor costs) would of course remain as is.
I am unaware of anyone confused by the notion that political announcements do not determine "normalcy."