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  • Totem Pole EPA @ Actor's Equity Center 02/13/2018  8:39am

    Please update on status of equity alternates/EMCs/non eq as the call begins! Thank you


    CANCELLED. Go Home

    BariToxic 02/13/2018  2:16pm

    An equity audition at AEA cancelled mid day? Something must be up...

    CheeseSandwich 02/13/2018  2:36pm

    This wasn't cancelled! (At least before lunch!) There were lots of open appts.

    cclpiglet 02/13/2018  2:43pm

    Word on the street is something happened just before lunch, someone ITR got a phone call that involves shouting and profanity, and they haven’t returned after lunch (should have been back by 2). No idea what actually happened.

    peter.pan 02/13/2018  2:46pm

    It was cancelled right at lunch. They would not be continuing after lunch.

    EpaMonitor 02/13/2018  2:47pm

    Omg, that's sounds crazy. Are they still having the call tomorrow I wonder?

    DorothyZbornak 02/13/2018  6:43pm

    Call tomorrow, 2/14 is cancelled per AEA website.

    singsing3 02/13/2018  7:05pm

    Omg, that’s crazy!!! Thank you for the scoop! Yikes, I hope everything is okay.

    cclpiglet 02/13/2018  10:59pm

    The rumor about them going Non-eq is true.
    They walked away from negotiations, and left 100's of members who had appointments high and dry.

    Neverandy6127 02/14/2018  5:50pm

    They didn't walk away from negotiations. Equity promised an agreement by the first day of auditions and didn't have one by the afternoon of the second day.

    tinabelcher 02/14/2018  7:41pm

    This is what equity sent to its members.

    "Equity recently opened negotiations with Totem Pole Playhouse for a new Agreement for this summer's season. Totem Pole's initial proposal to Equity called for a 26 percent rollback in minimum salary, compared to last season's minimums. Our initial proposal to them sought a modest 2 percent increase in salary.

    Rather than negotiate in good faith, Totem Pole's second proposal called for salaries to roll back even further -- proposing to pay you 40 percent less than last year's minimum salary. When we tried to negotiate with them, they refused, and walked out of their scheduled auditions, leaving hundreds of Equity members without any opportunity to be seen."

    There's two sides to it, of course but if the theatre first wanted a 26% drop and then pushed it to 40%, I have to agree with Equity appraisal of "bad faith".

    Neverandy6127 02/15/2018  7:24am

    This is also in the email sent to membership...

    "Today, Equity scheduled a telephone call with Totem Pole to get negotiations back on track. Totem Pole initially confirmed and then decided not to participate, sending along a written message afterward that they were refusing to negotiate with us."

    Neverandy6127 02/15/2018  7:26am