Earlier today, Actors' Equity Association (AEA) held an emergency meeting to determine whether its members should begin a strike that would have shut down most Broadway shows and, possibly, Equity touring productions as well. For the past several weeks, AEA has been in contract talks with the League of American Theatres and Producers. One of the final sticking points of the negotiations was the increase in non-Equity tours of Broadway shows.
If a strike had occurred, it would have darkened Broadway for the second time in less than two years: In March 2003, the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802 struck for four days and AEA members went out in sympathy.
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