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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The theater actors’ union said on Monday that it was barring its members from taking part in developmental work on Broadway shows while it demands a new contract that includes some profit-sharing.
Actors' Equity declared a strike Monday against the lab process used to develop new Broadway shows, particularly musicals. The union, which represents performers on stage, said it had been trying for two years to negotiate a new contract with the Broadway League, which represents theater owners, producers and others.
Actors’ Equity Association has called for a strike against developmental presentations as part of its appeal for profit sharing–based compensation for their members. Projects from members of the Broadway League under Lab, Workshop, and Staged Reading contracts will be placed on Equity's “Do Not Work” list following Equity and the League’s failed ongoing negotiations.
Actors' Equity, a national labor union, and the Broadway League, a trade association representing producers, are at odds over the issue two years after public pressure from the original cast of “Hamilton” prompted that blockbuster show’s producers to agree to a new formula for distributing its proceeds.
Actors’ Equity has declared a strike on all new Broadway show development with members of the Broadway League, a potentially costly move after two years of what the union is calling unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a Lab Agreement.
After nearly two years of attempts to negotiate a new contract to replace its Lab Agreement with the Broadway League, members of Actors’ Equity Association today declared a strike calling for a halt to all new show development work with signatory members of the league.
Actors’ Equity has barred its members from participating in any developmental work on new shows with the Broadway League.
Actors' Equity took to Twitter to praise Mean Girls for doing just that. The production has offered profit sharing to the Equity members who offered creative contributions during show development.
Actors' Equity has launched a social media campaign and petition calling for changes to the developmental lab agreement as the union begins negotiations with The Broadway League.