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AEA artists against Rule 49

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While the new terms of the proposed AEA Production Contract hold a great deal of positive growth (including raises, higher tour per diems, understudy pay, pay for post injury/illness leave rehearsals), allowing producers to schedule six performances within any three consecutive calendars days(up to 12 times a year) is unacceptable. It is a slippery slope toward greater scheduling complications. We all hope for successful shows but not at the cost of risking the longevity of our careers from physical and vocal injury. We are grateful for all the hard work of our negotiators but wish to see this rule changed.

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The proposed rule states:

Rule 49 Performances:  Not more than five performances may commence in any three consecutive calendar day period without the consent of Equity, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld.  However, six performances may commence in any three consecutive calendar days under the following conditions:

* A six-in-three  day schedule may not occur more than 12 times during each 12-month period  beginning with the first six-in-three day schedule, without the consent of Equity, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld.
* At least six weeks' notice must be given to the company, with a copy to Equity, unless the Producer obtains the consent of Equity for a shorter notice period, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld.
* Actors shall receive one  day off in addition to the required day off.  Either the additional day off or the required day off must occur immediately following the third day of the six-in-three day schedule  In the even the six-in-three day schedule occurs over two workweeks, the shall be at least two days off in one of the two affected workweeks, but in all instances, there shall be on day off immediately following the six-in-three day schedule.  Should there be more than two consecutive weeks with a six-in-three day schedule, the Actor must receive two consecutive days off immediately following the second and each subsequent six-in-three day schedule, except that there need only be one day off immediately following the six-in-three day schedule when the performance schedule reverts to no more than five performances in any three consecutive days.
*The Producer shall use best efforts not to schedule promotional or publicity calls on the days off.
* The Producer shall not schedule a rehearsal call on the day before the six-in-three day period begins, except for replacement rehearsals or in emergencies.
* There shall be no rehearsal on any of the two-show days in the six-in-three day period.

Attention should also be paid to Rule 49 where it is stated:

A performance may be scheduled at 11am without additional compensation provided that it is not the first performance wof the week, curtain down the previous evening is no later than 11pm, the show call is the first call of the day and there can be no rehearsal or publicity calls prior to the 1/2 hour.  The existing provisions for Tours have not changed.

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