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re: "Sorry, Ms. LuPone, we've decided to hire an Equity actor."
Posted by: NewtonUK 11:16 am EDT 04/11/24
In reply to: "Sorry, Ms. LuPone, we've decided to hire an Equity actor." - MockingbirdGirl 11:04 am EDT 04/11/24

Closed shop unions are illegal in New York. Actors can (and do) work under any/all AEA contracts without having to join AEA. I believe this is called 'Agency' hiring.
You hire John Smith for your show, but he doesn't want to join AEA. e writes a letter to AEA stating that. He will still sign an AEA contract. Pension and Health will still be paid, but will not accrue to the actor, but go into the general fund. Dues will be deducted from John Smith's pay check. There is no money saved by a producer if John doesn't want to be an AEA member. But John will still be bound by all of the rules in the AEA contract he has signed, and be under the protection of AEA while under the contract. So Patti would not have to rejoin AEA to work on Broadway. In right to work states, AEA cannot legally require the non member to pay dues.
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