Actors' Equity Association and The Broadway League Reach Tentative Agreement on New Touring Contract
Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers working in live theatre, and The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry, announced yesterday that they have reached a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement for a new contract governing touring productions. The agreement remains subject to ratification now by Equity members in a vote by electronic ballot.
Equity announced just last week that their National Council had voted to authorize a strike, to be called by the lead negotiator if he and the team believed they were no longer on the path to a deal. 95% of the actors and stage managers currently on tour had signed onto the strike pledge, committing to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract, and ahead of the final bargaining days, union members had been ramping up their campaign by passing out informational leaflets about the negotiations to audience members. Read more in The Hollywood Reporter.