Following a month-long strike, Actors’ Equity Association has reached an agreement with the Broadway League over compensation for developmental presentations of new productions. In doing so, Equity as removed the League from its “Do Not Work” list.
Equity called for the strike January 7 during its #NotaLabRat campaign, in which the union appealed for profit sharing–based compensation for its members while noting a lack of pay increases under the League’s Lab Agreement in the 11 years since the particular type of contract for developmental presentations was created.
According to an Equity spokesperson, the replacement for the Lab Agreement—the name for which has not yet been revealed—will include five-year terms for salaries with three wage increases, profit sharing following a show's recouping of its initial investment, stipulations for additional assistant stage manager contracts, a minimum of five weeks of rehearsal time for Broadway musicals (four for plays), and additional health and pension benefits.
“We are happy that we were able to successfully restructure the previous pre-production agreements,” said League President Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “We are thrilled that our producers can now go back to the important work of developing the best theatre in the world.”