Actors' Equity Wins Strike-Born Health Fund Fight with Producers

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The 2003 Broadway musicians' strike continues to hurt Broadway producers in the pocketbook. Nearly nine months after the strike was settled, Actors' Equity—which joined Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians on the picket line—has won retroactive contributions to its health fund through an arbitration against the League of American Theatres and Producers.

The arbitrator decided that the producers' contributions to the Equity League Health Trust Fund could not be prorated or reduced because of performances that were lost to the showmen during the crippling four-day strike. According to Equity, the League prorated health payments to the fund during the period of the strike, March 7 to March 10. The fund suffered a total loss of $20,000. Equity filed a grievance last spring. The complaint moved to binding arbitration during the summer, after the two sides failed to reach an agreement.

"This is an important victory for Equity that respects the past practices and current requirements of the Production Contract," said Equity executive director Alan Eisenberg. "It signifies Equity's commitment to solidarity with our fellow Unions and helps to maintain our Health Fund."

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