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Stage, TV and Film Actor
"In the last few years, I’ve worked mostly in television, and have been fortunate to have several recurring roles that have kept me employed for much of the year. For that reason, I’ve rarely auditioned for contract shows, because the economic reality is that tv jobs pay several times more in a day than I'd make in a week on contract, so I can’t afford – financially or professionally — to turn down several months of on-camera work to do a contract show. However, I’m a classically trained theater actor, and doing television doesn’t change that. 99 seat theater allows me to be a part of theater that creates contract work for my fellow Equity members without undermining my ability to earn a living. Equity's new plan, by their own admission, will make that much, much harder to do."
- Rebecca Metz
What Does the Los Angeles Theater Community Have To Say?
Stage, TV, and Film Actress
"The reason the bulk of the Los Angeles theater community galvanized in true solidarity... is the fear that the new small-theater plan proposed by the stage actors’ union will up-end, and possibly decimate, the entire stage scene in Los Angeles"
- Author Kevin Delin
1. A few theatres will go non-union. More than a few members will quit the union.
2. Some companies that are not membership companies will fold.
3. A few companies will try to work under the new agreement and will eventually stop.
4. A few companies will try to work under the new agreement and succeed only by selecting small cast shows.
5. A few companies that try to work under the new agreement will negotiate with Equity for some kind of exceptions and exemptions. Equity will probably be very flexible, primarily to try to demonstrate the viability of the new Agreement.
6. Membership companies will flourish at first, then some will swell in size until they become unwieldy.
7. Some membership companies will be smart enough to remain manageable and will be quite successful, and will band together to develop something like a code of their own - or adopt some already existing code developed by service organizations or intimate theatre league - with regard to stipend compensation and working conditions.
8. One new mid-sized company may form and Equity will be extremely flexible in negotiating there, but one or more already existing mid-size companies will fold.
9. Ultimately, the existence of successful membership companies (and non-union companies) will pose an even greater threat to the union than the old Plan did, and AEA will have to move on one or both - either directly, by eliminating, phasing out, or limiting the carve-out, or indirectly, by encouraging or supporting members to challenge volunteerism with the kind of actions such as have been recently raised with the CLSE or the Franchise Tax Board, or other government agencies. Equity will feel it can do this without implicating itself in unfair labor practices because it specifically withdrew all oversight from the “carve-outs.”
10. Should that happen, do not be surprised to see some contract companies who have adopted the new Agreement to join with Equity against the membership companies in the name of unfair labor practices. (What I call the Strange Bedfellows Scenario.)
Dakin Matthews' 10 Predictions: What Will Happen If Actors Equity Prevails
"- Equity... dug in their heels and fought back against their LA members, refusing to back away from their proposal — spending money on staff and advertising to support their position and accusing the LA actors of undermining the union."
- Author Hoyt Hilsman
"Like Rome to Carthage, Equity’s new Agreement will sow the ground with salt as to render it infertile ever after. Without those talents, the aesthetic glory that is our local theater scene will wither..."
- Author Myron Meisel
LA and Actors Equity: the Facts