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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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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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How We Look to the Kids

What was supposed to be 120 minutes’ pedagogy at Cornish College of the Arts this week turned into eight hours’ plotting of the future of show business in America – the ten graduating seniors in Advanced Analysis were too well versed for us to bother much about theater’s past and present. They were aspiring writers, actors, directors, dramaturgs, designers. They were smarter than any ten human beings I’ve shared a room with in dog’s years. It was scary. A jealous part of me wanted...
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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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Did Equity's Divide and Conquer Strategy Work?

Anthony Byrnes over at KCRW says “yes”.I partially agree with him. Here’s his assessment:Divide and conquer worked.Said more clearly, Act One of the actors-union-versus-their-Los-Angeles-members’ battle royale is over and it’s hard to score it as anything but a knock out for the union.You’ll remember that the union, Actors’ Equity, was fighting to banish the 99-seat plan in favor of seven different options built around either eliminating union protections or paying the ...
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Don Shirley: "...a 99-seat company that decided to go backwards into non-Equity status...could easily vanish from the media map."

Downer Don ain’t exactly grieving over Equity’s apparent elimination of the 99 Seat Plan and he cares not who knows it. Check this from his latest over at LA Observed:In Los Angeles County, where there are so many more Equity actors than in OC, a 99-seat company that decided to go backwards into non-Equity status — in order to avoid paying the minimum wage — could easily vanish from the media map. Let’s pretend that I’m an editor, considering two opening productions that coul...
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Is the Pro99 Movement Splintering?

Kinda seems that way, especially after reading this somewhat schizophrenic article from SLM over at the Weekly:After the L.A. membership roundly rejected the union’s new scheme in an advisory April vote, the union’s National Council voted to proceed with the new plan anyway. For that reason, among many others related to the debacle, lawsuits are being quietly prepared against the union — which seems like déjà vu for Gobetti, one of the original plaintiffs in a 1987 lawsuit agains...
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New Actors' Equity President Kate Shindle Releases Her First Statement...

…and gets taken to task on social media by a couple of the Pro99 folks who feel she is just paying them lip service. Here’s a little tweetle dee tweetle dum exchange on Twitter…And you can go here for a good times adventure with the Facebook crowd. Heck one of the LA members got “muted” by the prez! Whatever the hell that means…To her credit, Kate actually ventured into the echo chamber to engage a few of the folks and as usual with that crowd it quickly turned into a lo...
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An Open Letter to Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle from #Pro99 AEA Members

Picked this up off the Facebook wires, with the blessing of one of the creators. If you’d like to add your name to the list by all means go here and sign on.An Open Letter to Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle from #Pro99 AEA MembersDear President Shindle,We, the undersigned members of AEA who support the Pro99 movement, both in the L.A. area and around the nation, congratulate you on your win, and wish you a successful term as President of our beloved union. We were satisfied that our passi...