Actors' Equity Members Take #NotALabRat Campaign to Broadway Audiences
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:47 pm EST 12/05/18

Equity members are working for a new Lab Agreement with the Broadway League that includes first raise in 11 years and profit sharing when a show recoups

Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing more than 51,000 Actors and Stage Managers, announced that the Union’s #NotALabRat campaign entered a new phase, where Equity members have begun asking audiences to join Equity's fight for a stronger Lab Agreement with the Broadway League.

For the first time today, Equity members greeted ticket buyers outside the Broadway TKTS location and asked them to join the #NotALabRat campaign. Audience members who supported the campaign were given one of Equity’s #NotALabRat buttons to wear into their shows.

“Equity members are united and volunteering their time to support our campaign because our campaign was based on an outcry from members, who believe that it is long past time for their creative contributions to be recognized with profit participation when a show recoups,” said Mary McColl, Executive Director of Actors’ Equity Association.

The public #NotALabRat campaign began last month on social media, where Equity members began sharing videos and messages about why no one should still be earning the same weekly salary they were 11 years ago. Click here to learn more and view the campaign’s introductory video.

The Lab Agreement with the Broadway League is used for the development of new productions, often musicals.

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its Members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA. www.actorsequity.org #EquityWorks

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