Guild takes action against unfair labor practices
Actors’ Equity is taking its fight against non-Equity tours to Broadway.The thesp union has filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against major Broadway producers Clear Channel Entertainment, the Nederlander Organization and Dodger Stage Holdings. Equity has long sought to show partnerships between these producers and three legit companies that specialize in non-Equity tours. According to the union, Clear Channel is linked to Networks, Nederlander to Troika and Dodgers to Big League. Alan Eisenberg, exec director of Equity, explained why his union made the filings. “None of these three firms has been willing to cooperate with Actors’ Equity, and we feel it necessary to determine what relationship they have with producers who send out non-Equity tours,” said Eisenberg. “This failure to provide the information we requested begs the question, ‘What are they hiding?’ ” Equity claims that its contract with the League of American Theaters and Producers requires producers to divulge information regarding financial interest in, or partnership with, non-Equity companies. Equity sent letters of inquiry in December to Clear Channel, Nederlander and Dodgers but did not receive responses, hence the unfair labor practice filings in January and this month. The NLRB will make three individual decisions, any of which can be appealed by either side. The union’s contract with the league expires June 27. The subject of non-Equity tours is expected to be the major point of contention in negotiations.