August 9, 2017
1. Mary McColl, the Executive Director of AEA, will be in town this Fri, Aug 11, and has agreed to sit down with a group of us to discuss all things Equity at 3PM. If you would like to attend, let us know, and we will send you the details. [email protected]
2. We just sent out an email regarding the "Business Theatre Memorandum of Understanding" - An opportunity for you to use your corporate/concert/business theatre work to earn Health and Pension. Contact us if you would like more info.
3. We have also recently sent out a HOW TO HIRE ME letter that can be given to non-union theatres looking to hire Union talent. Contact us if you would like more info.
4. Don't forget to vote on the new dues increase.
Actor’s Equity is housed in three office cities: NY, Chicago and LA. The rest of our members (between 40-50% of our membership) are in “liaison cities” around the country – Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Portland, Houston, the TWIN CITIES… (etc.)
Recently, representatives from all 28 liaison cities gathered in Atlanta. Also there were members of the National Council, Executive Director Mary McColl, Equity President Kate Shindle, and staff from all 3 office cities.
- There are currently no representatives from any liaison cities on the National Council. There is some talk that our constitution could be ratified to ensure that the 40-50% of our membership that lives in liaison cities would be properly represented by dedicated liaison seats on the council. But, again, this will take some time to ratify.
- Our business rep is in Chicago. At the meeting we discovered that our liaison cities have more in common with each other than with the office cities…. There is some talk of creating a new staff position, a “Liaison City Rep” who might better understand our needs. This would need to be funded somehow.
- All liaison committee members are volunteers, and we are given no budget… At the moment, any expenses we incur come out of our own pockets. There is some talk of giving each of the 28 cities a (limited) budget.
SO: In an effort to continue to grow and thrive (and provide some of the above listed items), a new dues structure has been proposed – the first change since 2002. This is all part of “Equity 2020” – an attempt to be more aggressive, inclusive and responsive by the year 2020. You should have received some emails about this, which included the following messaging:
“We've heard from you that you want more work opportunities. This will allow us to create a modern and strategic organizing department and research capacity to grow the number of Equity Theaters around the country.
“We've heard that you want to see Equity more outside our office cities. This investment will allow us to improve our outreach to cities across the country, with a focus on members who live outside the office cities…”
**Voting on this issue has begun, and we encourage to let your voice be heard! You should have received an email from ElectionAdmin.Com with the subject line "Vote today: Actors' Equity Ratification," which will contain a link to the ballot and a pin number. OPEN THE EMAIL.
**In addition, local “Trailblazers” have been conducting interviews with local members about some of these issues. If you would like to participate in those interviews let us know, and we can put you in contact with someone who is conducting them.
Thanks. Look for the next report soon.
Greta Grosch, Chair, Twin Cities Liaison Committee
1. Equity cannot give us the contact info of our members, so our email list continues to be incomplete. If you know someone who is NOT getting our emails, have them contact [email protected]
2. AEA has launched an *Official* Facebook group for Equity Members. The group is called “Equity’s Stage Door.” The main purpose of this group is to create a community of members to discuss issues, engage in conversation, and find out relevant Union business. This is a community intended only for Equity Members, so entry into the group is monitored.
3. The best way to get answers on individual questions like grievances, contracts and other workplace issues is by calling the appropriate business office during normal business hours. Our business rep is David Kolen in Chicago: 312.641.0393 x236
4. We have a local SM subcommittee. If you are an AEA Stage Manager, or know someone who is, contact us so we can add them to our list of amazing union members.
1. Did you know that, generally, AEA actors have first right to audition slots?! If a theatre says that their audition slots are full, but they have Non-Union or EMC actors signed up, they may have to bump someone so you can be seen.
2. The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps ALL professionals – union AND none, dancers, directors - in performing arts and entertainment. More about the Actor’s Fund: actorsfund.org
3. The Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund reimburses eligible performing arts and entertainment professionals up to $40.00 towards a pair of shoes costing no more than $100.00.
TWIN CITIES AEA LIAISON COMMITTEE
Twin Cities Actors' Equity: https://www.facebook.com/tcaea/
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Twin Cities Actors' Equity Liaison Committee
Greta Grosch, Chair