Aug 13, 2021 | News Story

Actors’ Equity and Off-Broadway League Reach New Collective Bargaining Agreement

Actors’ Equity Association reached a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with Off-Broadway League, the employers' guild for Off-Broadway theatre.

“This agreement happened because we all stood together,” said Stephen Bogardus, Equity principal councilor and chair of the Off-Broadway Negotiating Committee. “We had a diligent, passionate negotiating team, and we were able to push ahead because of solidarity from the membership at large... When Off-Broadway fully reopens, it will be safer and fairer for the stage managers and actors who bring in audiences.”

The agreement includes pay increases, incentives for improved work schedules, COVID-19 safety protocols and more. Significantly, this agreement formally frames harassment and discrimination matters as safety issues, including definitions of terms and clarified processes to address complaints. Going forward, Equity intends to negotiate similar protections into every single one of its agreements. Read more here.