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Members of Actors' Equity File Lawsuit Against Their Union

Here it is, folks. Hot off the presses. About frickin’ time. I have a copy of the complaint and will go over it with a fine tooth comb. Hold onto your hats!Members of Actors Equity File Lawsuit Against Their UnionActors and other members of the Los Angeles theatrical community filed a lawsuit today against Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. The lawsuit challenges the Union’s decision to eliminate its 25-year-old waiver of jurisdiction over small 99...
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Filed But Not Served: Unpacking the Los Angeles' Pro99 Lawsuit Against Actors' Equity Association

By now you’ve probably heard that some Los Angeles-based Equity plaintiffs, many of them well-known actors, including Ed Asner, French Stewart, Amy Madigan and Ed Harris, have filed a lawsuit in a California Federal court against their own union, Actor’s Equity Association (AEA). If you’d like to read the full 37 page complaint that was filed you can do so here.There’s also an excellent recent article in American Theatre from our very own Jason Rohrer. We are always happy ...
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Actors' Equity Association Responds to the Pro99 Lawsuit

Well that was quick, and predictable. Here it is from their site:Actors’ Equity Association Statement on the Minimum Wage LawsuitActors’ Equity Association is a labor union that exists primarily to advocate for better wages and working conditions for its artist members.After dedicating months of staff time, conducting surveys and membership meetings—and considering the results of the advisory referendum, which prompted AEA’s Council to carve out even more exemptions to its original proposals&...
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More Comments from the Actors' Equity Facebook Page...

Again, East Coast member, Saum Eskandani, absolutely kills it with this comment on the Equity Facebook page. When our East Coast brothers and sisters get wise and step up like this enmasse, it may actually cause a turn in this tide. But as I’ve said many times before, the only real action that will force them to pay attention is a mass exodus from their union. Why? Because it is and always has been about money. Rip about ten thousand members’ worth of dues out of their coffers and watch how quickly ...
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Wall Street Journal on the Equity Lawsuit: "What’s truly deleterious is forcing a compensation model on businesses that cannot afford it."

Yes, that’s correct, in a very recent WSJ editorial, the paper comes out in favor of the lawsuit and against the 99 Seat Proposals Equity has foisted upon the Los Angeles Theater Community.While some might find the WSJ to be an odd ally, I do not. The Wall Street Journal prides itself on being about commerce and money, but mostly, the spirit of entrepreneurship. Certainly many of its writers have had an anti-union bent and have had serious issues with the way minimum wage sometimes enc...
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Actors' Equity Confirms they Will Meet with the Lawsuit Plaintiffs

After Footlights’ “Oops Scoop” last weekend in which they “inadvertently jumped the gun,” according to my sources, and released the news prematurely, much to the consternation of both sides, things got oddly quiet. I followed up with the Communications Director of Equity and received no reply and got a “no comment” from one of the original Review Committee folks as well, which made it very clear that both parties wanted to control the message until the time was right.We...
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Actors Equity Association and the Plaintiffs in the Lawsuit Officially Agree to Continue to be Vague

Zzzzzz. Snort. Whoops sorry. Passed out for a moment there reading this latest presser. Okay. I’m back.Here’s the earth shattering news today if you haven’t already heard it yet:Actors’ Equity Association and the plaintiffs in the Asner vs. Actors’ Equity litigation announced today that they have agreed to continue conversations for an undetermined amount of time to attempt to resolve the issues that prompted the pending lawsuit.The parties expressed a mutual desire to conduct ongoing d...
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Have I Got a Deal For You!

UPDATE #3: Over $15,000 IN 6 DAYS! WAY TO GO, LA THEATER LOVERS! CAN WE HEAR $20,000? https://www.gofundme.com/ilove99UPDATE #2: THANKS TO LA INTIMATE THEATERS’ FRIENDS, FANS AND PATRONS, WE’VE RAISED $10,000 IN JUST 2 DAYS! LET’S KEEP IT COMING!UPDATE #1: DONATIONS MAY NOW BE MADE ONLINE THROUGH GOFUNDME! GO TO https://www.gofundme.com/ilove99 AND HELP SAVE LA’S INTIMATE THEATERS!I just made an investment. I attended a meeting last night where some very sharp people, including...
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Longtime Actors' Equity Member John Rubinstein to the AEA Councillors: "You can still be a Council of colleagues, helping and supporting your constituents."

Cribbed from the Pro99 Facebook Page. John Rubinstein an Equity member since 1965, as usual, cuts through the bullshit and lays it out plainly and clearly. Which is why the AEA National Councillors will more than likely summarily dismiss it or spin it into oblivion.We won’t be doing that here at the Lemon.From the Desk of John RubinsteinTo the AEA Council:A year to the day after I wrote a long email to the Equity Council, before the referendum vote in Los Angeles about AEA’s new Proposal to do away with ...
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Plaintiffs in Actors vs. Actors Equity Association respond to AEA statement

Dear Equity Member and Los Angeles Theatre Community –By now you have seen Equity’s Press Release and letter to their members attacking actors for their efforts to preserve intimate theatre in Los Angeles. Equity’s letter is malicious and false.The Plaintiffs filed this suit on behalf of the entire Los Angeles Theatre Community after Equity ignored a referendum in which the Equity members of this community defeated Equity’s proposed changes by one of the widest margins in Equity’s votin...