26 Feb 2013
"For nearly 100 years, Actors' Equity has stood for excellence in the American theatre, and for dignity, fairness and respect for stage actors and managers," AFL-CIO president Trumka said in a statement. "Today Equity has affirmed those values as well as its affiliation with all of American labor, and we are happy to be presenting this great union with a new AFL-CIO charter."
"As actors and stage managers one wouldn’t think of us as union members but Actors' Equity Association has a long and proud history of being part of the labor movement," said Equity president Nick Wyman in a statement addressed to the assembly. "It is a cornerstone of Equity's foundation and we are pleased to receive this direct charter in this, our 100th year. To quote our first president Francis Wilson, 'Our trail is out of the wilderness and that trail is affiliation with organized labor.'"
"This is an important milestone in Equity's history and we are proud to receive this direct charter," said AEA executive director Mary McColl. "Equity works to ensure fair compensation, benefits and safe working conditions for its members. By doing that, this Union joins our sister unions in the fight to maintain the dignity and rights for all working Americans."