by Greg Evans
February 8, 2019 2:14pm
Actors’ Equity Association and the Broadway League has reached what Equity is calling a “historic” agreement on a profit-sharing contract model for lab development.
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With the agreement, Equity has removed the Broadway League from its DO NOT WORK list, ends Equity’s first strike in nearly 50 years.
The new lab agreement includes profit sharing, higher wages and additional stage manager contracts, according to Equity. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Equity declared the strike on Jan. 7 against members of the Broadway League – the producers’ trade organization – on new Broadway show development. Specifically, Equity was barring its members from taking part in the lab sessions that have become an increasingly popular way for writers and performers to develop new productions, especially musicals. The strike also covered workshops and staged readings.
At the time, Equity said that weekly salaries under the lab agreement had been “frozen since 2007.” The union reportedly was seeking a pay raise over the then-current weekly $1,000 and a 1% share of any profit after recoupment for original cast members who participate in the developmental labs.
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