Last night, I got a chance to see a new documentary, Love 99. Yes, it was about the conflict we have endured with AEA, and it was a great reminder that the fight is still in front of us. With more than 200 people in attendance, it was easy to see that the warriors are still ready to stand and do battle.
To that end, last week we published an open letter from Scott Guy, At New Musicals, Inc. which has filed an action against Actors’ Equity with the National Labor Relations Board. They and the entire Intimate theatre community need your help. If you are a member of AEA, and have experienced a situation where you do not feel the AEA has represented you as you believe they should, or believe you were maligned, abused or treated badly, this is your chance to have your voice heard.
Here is an addendum to that letter and instructions on how you can help.
As written by NMI – New Musicals Inc.
The NLRB has requested that we gather some evidence that AEA is threatening or intimidating its members, either directly (with letters, phone calls, or meeting) or indirectly with implicit threats of disciplinary action, fines, sanctions or even expulsion form the union.
If you’d like to send us a letter either on the record or anonymously off the record, we’ll have it on hand during our affidavit phase of our proceedings with the NLRB. Our case is, of course, focused on NMI charges, but we sense there’s an opportunity to engage the NLRB’s interest if an alarming number of actors offer evidence.
Whether you choose to send us a statement or not will have no affect on our relationship in the future…honest. We won’t favor actors who’ve sent statements, and we won’t be prejudiced against actors who haven’t sent statements.
The key elements which will support the cause include: Have you felt intimidated or threatened, directly or indirectly, by AEA? Would you avoid associating with NMI while it’s on the “Do Not Work” List because you’d fear repercussions from AEA? Include any other comments or anecdotes about AEA which you think might be of interest to the NLRB, but please address the key elements first.
We’re giving our testimony on July 6, 2017, so please get your statements to us no later than July 5th. There are two ways to send them to us:
Send pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org
Send hard copy to:
New Musicals Inc.
5628 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Please spread the word. We’d love to have hundreds of statements to show to the NLRB, because the more of you who send statements, the likedlier it is that the NLRB will be agitated on your behalf.
–Scott Guy, Executive Director
New Musicals Inc.
Academy Reertory Company
Academy for New Musical Theatre