Actors' Equity Calls For #FairWageOnStage From Commercial Off-Broadway Producers
A new hashtag has been has been showing up on social media pages recently, popular among members of Actors' Equity. #FairWageOnStage is the slogan promoting a minimum salary increase for commercial Off-Broadway contracts when the current agreement expires on November 6th.
Union President Kate Shindle states her cause's case on Twitter:
Kate Shindle (@AEAPresident) August 2, 2016
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Equity is currently negotiating with the Off-Broadway League to increase minimums on their current contract. Currently weekly wages range from $593 for theatres with 100-199 seats to $1,057 for the largest of Off-Broadway houses, 351-499 seats.
Non-profit theatre companies have a separate contract with Equity.
Actors' Equity Association ("Equity"), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 Actors and Stage Managers. Equity seeks to foster the art of Live Theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.