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Actors' Equity Association Defies Its Membership and Eliminates the 99 Seat Plan

From the Desk of Actors’ Equity AssociationThere has been an important conversation going on regarding the future of theater in L.A. Today, after receiving and considering months of feedback from members on all sides of the debate, Equitys Council has taken several important steps to address many of the concerns expressed by members in Los Angeles. They have acted in a manner consistent with Equitys long history of advocating for wages, working conditions, collaboration, fairness and respect for professional a...
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David Elzer Does the Math on the NEW 99 Seat Plan

3RD GRADE MATH with DAVID ELZER!So, truth be told, I never made it past High School, lots of reasons why that was the case, but fear not, I ended up doing ok. Never good at Math though I was pretty fabulous in Theatre Arts – but lately I have had to relearn some basic Math skills since my new dream in life is to be a professional poker player and poker is pretty much all about the Math, well mostly.So here are some simple Arithmetic problems I thought I would share with those others that also might be a little...
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While We Wait for the Lawsuit...

The inter-webs remains a-blaze with opinion. Frankly, I’m not sure what else there is to say that hasn’t been said yet, but that’s not stopping these folks from lettin’ it rip. First, this, from our supposed “theater critic of note” on the subject:While I am the first to admit that some of the best work in town is done at the 99-seat theaters, I don’t think it’s accurate to characterize this scene as a flourishing hotbed of experiment. Los Angeles is deficien...
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On Dealing With Bullies

By now my fellow LA-based Equity members have received the latest emails from our so-called “leadership”, one, a bubbling cesspool of condescension, the other, a thinly-veiled attempt to divide and conquer under the guise – once again – of “listening”.Here’s a snippet from the first:Council adopted these changes through a process governed by the terms of a Settlement Agreement that stipulates how changes must be made to the 99-Seat Theater Plan. As a first step, Council prop...
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Has Equity Unwittingly Violated Labor Laws By Trying to Make it About Labor Laws?

One of the more repugnant components of the proposals recently rammed down our throats has been the whole minimum wage thing, something NO ONE ASKED FOR and suddenly appeared seemingly out of thin air.Clearly, the Equity “leadership” was doing this to try and tie this debate to Federal Labor Laws and put further pressure on its membership to cow tow to their will. They may have also thought they were covering their asses legally, though their assertion that the 99 Seat Plan has been in violation of ...
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The 2015 Bitter Lemons' AEA Election Endorsements

Okay. Here are our official 2015 Actors’ Equity Election Endorsements. It’s basically just one person’s opinion, don’t think it’ll matter much in the long run, but we like to be on the record so when the current incompetents continue to screw things up we can confidently and comfortably reply, “Well, we told you so.”When I could, I’ve added a little statement blurb under each of the names so you can get an idea of why we want these folks in and the rest of th...
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A Statement to the NYC Membership from AEA Western Regional VP Candidate Donal Thoms-Capello

Donal asked and we obliged. Again, we are opening up the Bitter Lemons’ platform for other candidates as well. Just ask and we shall oblige. Take it away, Donal!From the Desk of Donal Thoms-CappelloMy Fellow Equity Members,While the 99-Seat issue out here in LA has certainly served as the catalyst to get me more involved in union matters, my motivation to run for office evolves from broader concerns about what it means to be a professional actor in this country at the present time. Those concerns have informed...
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A 1988 Letter to the LA Times Reveals Equity's Agenda Then and Now

I know I’ve said that there really isn’t much to add to the 99 Seat Debate at the moment, and really there isn’t, votes are being counted in the elections, I’m guessing legal strategies are being discussed, Equity is continuing to try and further divide the LA Theater Community by telling some membership companies that they aren’t actually membership companies, however, this particular letter from Colony Theatre leader, Barbara Beckley, has emerged from a 1988 LA Times article...
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LA Based Equity Member John Lee Writes a Letter to Equity: "It does not appear that your union meets the requirements of the Representative Union rule."

LA Based Equity Member, John Lee, writes a funny letter to Equity in response to their latest divide and conquer strategy with membership companies. It’d be a lot funnier if it weren’t spot on. Take it away John!Dear Actors’ Equity AssociationBased on the information that we have, it does not appear that your union meets the requirements of the Representative Union rule, because your company has not followed basic democratic principles for some time. Obviously we would like to clear up any discrepa...
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Actors' Equity Continues its Longstanding Tradition of Disrespecting its Los Angeles Based Membership

I’m trying to disengage, really, I am, but then I get the latest Equity bird cage liner – er – Newspaper and see that on the second page there is a headline that reads: “Equity’s Council Decides Upon New Membership Rules and Agreements for LA Theater”.And in the body of the article THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE FUCKING WORD ABOUT THE 2 TO 1 VOTE AGAINST THE PROPOSALS BY THE LOS ANGELES BASED MEMBERSHIP.Not one.See the attached image to this post. It’s from NYC based Equity member ...