Equity Members Approve Raise in Dues

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For the first time since 2002, members of Actors’ Equity Association have approved an administrative motion to increase annual dues. In a multi-week long vote, members overwhelmingly voted for the proposition 10,955 to 4,523.
“Not everyone agreed, but the results show a strong consensus we can build on,” union president, Kate Shindle said in an email sent to members on the afternoon of Sept. 1 after the ballots were counted. “[T]his election was about more than just keeping up with rising costs. It was about building a better union and creating more work opportunities for everyone.” 
The vote was part of a new union initiative put in place by Equity leadership. Branded as “Equity 2020,” the union has stated the campaign, “was launched…to create a more aggressive, inclusive and responsive union over the next three years.” Campaign points included more aggressive social media communication, stronger educational opportunities, and more regional engagement and recruitment.
Carrying the Equity card is often considered a rite of passage for American actors, with many artists waiting years for an opportunity to join the union. As it currently stands, basic dues are $118 per

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