Please find below a statement from the International Federation of Actors, (FIA) representing performers in more than 70 nations.
January 10, 2019
Dear colleagues and fellow members of American Actors' Equity,
The International Federation of Actors (FIA) stands in solidarity and supports your rightful claim for decent pay for development work on Broadway musicals.
Thanks to your talent, dedication and resolve, many projects turn into extremely popular and successful shows. Yet, it is shocking to hear that weekly salaries under your Broadway Lab Agreement have been frozen for so long and fundamentally refute the value of your creative contribution.
Lab work is of vital importance for the nurturing of new productions. It is highly professional work and it should be paid accordingly.
FIA commends the difficult but necessary action undertaken by American Actors' Equity and calls on its worldwide membership to stand united. FIA also urges the Broadway League to increase the weekly rate of performers working on show development and grant them a 1% profit share, after recoupment.
The International Federation of Actors represents performers' trade unions, guilds and professional associations in more than 70 countries. In a connected world of content and entertainment, it stands for fair social, economic and moral rights for audiovisual performers working in all recorded media and live theatre.