Do Not Work List - The Broadway League (All Show Development) It's been 12 years. It's time for a change. Learn more. #NotALabRat


Equity’s National Council has voted to authorize a strike against the Broadway League. Effective immediately, all show development including the Lab Contract, Workshop Agreement and Stage Reading Contract and Staged Reading Guidelines with the Broadway League or an allied producer are on Equity’s DO NOT WORK LIST.

Equity has spent nearly two years trying to negotiate a replacement for the Lab Agreement with the Broadway League. Recently, we’ve seen headlines that 2018 was Broadway’s highest-grossing year ever. And yet, the Equity members who go to work developing new work for Broadway on Lab Agreements have gone 12 years without a raise.

Equity is working to get a raise for our members when they are working to develop a new show. We are working to ensure that Broadway rehearsal time is paid appropriately, and we are working to ensure that actors and stage managers share in the success if the producer makes a profit. To get this, we need to strike.

We’ve heard from countless Equity members who have worked on Labs and in show development. The work has fundamentally changed since the Lab was created. Equity members in the Labs are making creative contributions and should be compensated fairly. They are writing new lines and developing original choreography. That means they should be able to share in the profits when a Lab goes on to become a Broadway hit.

Equity members may not perform or stage manage without an Equity contract. That’s rule number one on the back of the Equity card: Under no circumstances may you rehearse or perform in any company without a properly executed and signed Equity contract. Members may face union discipline and risk losing membership for any violation of this membership rule – which applies even if their membership is inactive.

To learn more about why we've called for a strike and how you can get involved in this campaign, click here.

The strike was not the first step in this campaign. We went public in November after countless attempts to negotiate a better agreement. Formal negotiations in December were unsuccessful.  

The strike does not impact currently running shows on Broadway, nor does it impact tours with the Broadway League. The strike affects all show development work with the Broadway League or an allied producer. The strike is for all show development, including the Lab Agreement, Workshop Agreement and Staged Reading Contracts and Staged Reading Guidelines with the Broadway League or an allied producer. If you are an Equity member and you are offered work on any show development with the Broadway League, contact NotALabRat@ActorsEquity.org. All communication between you and your union is strictly confidential.

Since we went public more than 100 Equity members have volunteered to help call their fellow members about our campaign. And we’ve had more than 2,000 Equity members sign commitment cards to support us. Thank you to all the members who have volunteered and supported us so far. We are strongest when we work together.

We will keep you updated during this process.

 

HOW CAN I HELP?

There are all kinds of ways to help – whether that is joining our social media action team, volunteering to phone bank, or volunteering to handbill. More than 100 members have already volunteered! Email NotALabRat@ActorsEquity.org to join.

WHY A STRIKE?

The strike wasn’t our first step – we've been trying to negotiate a new agreement for more than two years. Our campaign went public in November, but that was after nearly two years of attempts to negotiate a better deal. Negotiations in December with the Broadway League were unsuccessful.

WHAT SHOWS ARE IMPACTED?

This strike affects all show development work with the Broadway League or an allied producer. It does not impact currently running shows on Broadway, nor does it impact tours with the Broadway League.

The strike is for all show development, including the Lab Agreement, Workshop Agreement and Staged Reading Contracts and Staged Reading Guidelines with the Broadway League. If you are offered work on any show development with the Broadway League, contact NotALabRat@ActorsEquity.org. All communication between you and your union is strictly confidential.

HOW DOES THIS IMPACT ME AS AN EMC/NON-UNION ACTOR OR STAGE MANAGER?

Non-members who take developmental work with the Broadway League or an allied producer during the strike will lose their eligibility to join Equity permanently. Non-members are also welcome to reach out to NotALabRat@ActorsEquity.org with any questions regarding whether a project they've been offered would break the strike.

 

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