Actors’ Equity Association Stands in Solidarity With Atlanta Opera Hair and Makeup Workers

Actors’ Equity Association, the nationwide labor union representing greater than 51,000 skilled actors and stage managers in dwell theatre, has introduced its help for the 11 hair and make-up artists for the Atlanta Opera who voted to hitch IATSE Local 798 with the next assertion:”Now is the second for the Atlanta Opera to do what is true. These courageous staff are entitled to the honest wages and advantages, together with well being care, {that a} union secures. What is way extra shameful is that the Atlanta Opera has denied a gaggle of all Black artists their proper to prepare. These employers haven’t solely refused to acknowledge the bargaining unit’s legitimacy, however retaliated towards them. Such actions contradict the work of Atlanta Opera’s personal EDI Task Force, which vows to ‘counteract bias, improve range and foster an inclusive local weather.'”Too lots of our members of shade have skilled hair and make-up discrimination at work, in half as a result of there are so few technicians who share their backgrounds. This is an important time to make sure that each single space of the leisure trade is various. Hiring Black staff however refusing to deal with them equitably solely exacerbates this disaster.”The Atlanta Opera has refused to acknowledge the bargaining’ unit’s legitimacy, claiming that the employees are unbiased contractors. Last 12 months, Equity and different arts and leisure unions put forth a legislative agenda to fight inequity in the trade. The federal passage of the CROWN Act was a vital merchandise on that checklist. Also final 12 months, Equity’s council authorized the “Hair Texture as a Protected Characteristic” decision, which mandates Equity to deliver “hair texture” to the protected traits in the anti-discrimination clause of all negotiations going ahead.ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, based in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents greater than 51,000 skilled actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its members by negotiating wages, enhancing working circumstances and offering a variety of advantages (well being and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA. #EquityWorks

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