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Joining the Union
« on: Nov 04, 2006, 06:48 pm »
If your joining, my suggestion is that a person should spend a little time doing his/her research about the union. What is the union/company/contract etc. about. As a member of anything or signing any contract, you should always READ all the information. I find too often that people just sign on the dotted line and ask questions later. Again, it's called show business and should be treated as such. Read everything carefully.

When you join Equity, again, do your research, is it right for me, what are the pro's and con's and what are my responsibilities as a member?

This all goes along with the due's issue. This is something you and the producer should discuss to find the best option for you.  Too often the producer just sends in the info without consulting the stage manager/actor. It is up to you. 

With the Health plan, again, you have to READ all the information. It's all there, I will admit it's a lot, however it's there and there are choices to be made. If you do not make these choices then yes, Equity has no other option than to place you in the appropriate plan.

Again, I have found that people don't do their homework and read the information that is provided. If it hasn't been provided call the union.

Unions are a good thing but we all have to do our part to make it work. As a stage manager I read everything, it's our job.
Don't just sit back and wait for things to happen, if you do, you may not be happy with the results.

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