Apr 7, 2023 | News Story

Actors’ Equity Association Issues Strike Threat: It’s Time for a Fair Contract

Since January, Equity has been in negotiations with The Broadway League for a new agreement covering the shows they send out as national tours. The union entered this process optimistic that they could consolidate their two existing touring agreements into a single rulebook, while also seeking improvements in key areas: the per diem workers receive to cover food and housing on tour, coverage for all workers, wages, EDI and more. After 18 bargaining sessions, the Broadway League has still not delivered an acceptable offer.

This week Equity announced that their National Council has voted to authorize a strike, to be called by the lead negotiator if he and the team believe they are no longer on the path to a deal. 95% of the actors and stage managers currently on tour have already signed onto the strike pledge, committing to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract.

“Our goal is to get a fair deal for our members, who have been working on an expired contract since February 5,” said Actors’ Equity Association President Kate Shindle. “No one wants to disrupt the work of bringing theatre to audiences across the country, but we are prepared to strike Broadway League producers if we are not able to reach a fair agreement. If the producers don’t return to the table with good faith responses to our proposals addressing the hardships our members face on the road and the information they are required to share, that strike will happen.”

Supporters may see Equity members and allies popping up around the country to leaflet and engage with audiences over the coming days and weeks. Concerned audience members and fellow workers who would like to support Equity in reaching a fair deal and averting a strike can visit https://actorsequity.org/road/ for more information.