Playbill: Actors' Equity May Strike Over Broadway Touring Contract

Actors' Equity Association, representing professional actors and stage managers, has authorized its Executive Director Al Vincent, Jr. to call a strike of all Broadway national tours following an impasse in negotiations with The Broadway League, representing producers and theatre owners. If the strike happens, touring productions will come to a halt. 

The move follows a protracted battle—negotiations began in January—between the two organizations over the touring contract, which expired February 5. Equity has been seeking to win increases in per diem payments to cover housing and food costs when its members are on the road, sufficient coverage for stage managers and actors (for when they're sick and can't work), and wage increases reflecting the current cost of living. The union hopes it will be able to establish a newly unified touring contract.