New York Times: Actors' Equity Seeks to Unionize Broadway Production Assistants

Actors' Equity, the labor union representing American stage performers and stage managers, is seeking to unionize Broadway production assistants, one of the few nonunion segments of the industry work force.

The campaign comes at a moment when labor unions in the United States have become increasingly restive; there are organizing efforts in many sectors of the economy, and Hollywood's writers and actors have been on strike for months.

Broadway production assistants work with stage managers in entry-level positions that are usually filled only during rehearsal and preview periods. Equity described them as "doing everything from preparing rehearsal materials to ensuring decisions made during rehearsals are being recorded to being extra sets of hands and eyes during complicated technical rehearsals to efficiently running errands that keep the rehearsal productive."