Los Angeles -- Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, in partnership with the California IATSE Council, released the following statement after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 129 that included provisions from Asm. Lorena Gonzales boosting funding for small live arts employers by $50 million.

“We commend the leadership of Asm. Lorena Gonzalez in fighting for $50 million in additional funding for small live arts employers to be able to reopen safely and ensure that workers remain classified as employees and protected with workers’ rights, compensation and protections. Asm. Gonzalez has once again made clear that she is an ally of workers no matter what industry they call home. This funding will make it possible for live arts employers to reopen, which will put Californians back to work and drive more economic activity throughout the California economy.”

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA.  #EquityWorks  

The California IATSE Council (CIC) represents 54,000 men and women working throughout the State of California who are the backbone of the entertainment industry. They work in all forms of motion picture and television production, live theatre, television broadcasting, sports broadcasting, trade shows, exhibitions and concerts as well as the equipment and construction shops that support all these areas of the industry. 

July 13, 2021