Work Opportunities Continue to Grow in Los Angeles
Los Angeles – Actors’ Equity Association has announced that members have earned more than $580,000 on the Union’s 99-Seat Agreement for theatres in Los Angeles. Since the contract was introduced three years ago, nearly 5,000 work weeks have been created.
The contract, introduced in 2015, was intended to help actors and stage managers, who previously worked for nothing or earned token amounts, like $7 a day when appearing in small productions in Los Angeles, even though California’s minimum wage is $10.50 an hour.
“Actors and stage managers deserve to be paid for their work,” said Mary McColl, Executive Director of Actor’s Equity. “With this agreement, members in Los Angeles have more options for working on contract than ever before.”
Separately from the 99-Seat Theatre Agreement, the Small Professional Theatre (SPT) contract – introduced to Los Angeles in 2015 – has also given members a new way to work on contract in Los Angeles. Also new since 2015 is the Los Angeles Showcase code, for venues up to 50 seats. Additionally,in more than 60 small theaters designated as Equity Membership Companies, Equity Members can participate in a production without the benefit of an Equity contract. Finally, Members can now self-produce under the L.A. Self-Produced Project Code.
The 99-Seat Agreement called for provisions that included salaries based on minimum wage for all rehearsals and performances, workers’ compensation coverage in case of injury, unemployment insurance, a two-hour minimum call requirement and a minimum number of Equity contracts required for casts, with the amount based on the full size of the cast.
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its Members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA. #EquityWorks.