The Actor’s Equity Association told members today that it would not put producer Scott Rudin on its “Don’t Work” list, explaining that the union would use the list to alert members about the status of non-union productions is. Rudin, writing in the equity letter, is “a productive member of the Broadway League, and as such, he has agreed to abide by the collective bargaining agreements for equity.”
The letter continues, “Unless or until his status as a Broadway League producer changes, we will focus on ensuring that his creations follow the language in our collective bargaining agreements – including a safe workplace.” Contains retaining “.
According to the Equity Letter, the union has approached the league regarding Rudin – a trade organization representing theater owners and producers – “to ask if the Broadway League planned to take action”. The union has not yet publicly commented on Rudin.
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The league declined Deadline’s request for comment on the equity letter.
Read the entire equity letter here.
On social media and in letters to the union, Rudin has been called for a place on the Do Not Work list. Organizers of the grassroots march on Broadway have also called on the league to remove Rudin from its ranks tomorrow, a nuclear option that would almost completely stop Rudin from producing on Broadway.
Kate Schindle, as mentioned in today’s Equity Letter, is signed by the President and Mary McCall
The executive director, while the Do Not Work tool does not apply to Rudin, has called on the union to exempt its employees from any unlawful agreements they have signed.
The letter refers to the “new equipment” available to the union as “to hold Broadway producers accountable if they engage in bullying.” According to Shindele and McCall, the union’s most recent production contract with the Broadway League includes additional language protecting members from bullying and discrimination.
“If you call and report on issues of hooliganism, discrimination or safety at a workplace, we will take action,” the letter said. “You can use our Anonymous Hotline“
The union’s letter also indicated that the workplace accounts mentioned in a recent Hollywood Reporter article about Rudin did not include equity members on the equity contract. “That doesn’t make it right,” Schindle and McCall write. “Far from it. Everyone deserves a safe workplace.”