Equity’s back in B’way talks

Key unresolved issues are health insurance, non-union road tours

Actors’ Equity has resumed contract talks with the League of American Theaters and Producers after a nine-day break, meeting Tuesday for more than eight hours.

Equity said both sides will return to the table in Gotham today, adding the key unresolved issues are health insurance and non-Equity road tours.

The two orgs ceased talks on June 27, the date the old contract expired; performances on Broadway and the road have continued on a day-to-day basis. “Broadway and road show performances will continue until further notification from the union,” Equity said.

The thorniest issue at the bargaining table has been the proliferation of non-union tours on the road.

Broadway was last hit by a strike in March 2003, when the musicians union walked out and was joined by Equity and the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The strike resulted in the cancellation of four days of perfs before a deal was reached.

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