Tyler Perry is going to have a hard time moving forward with his stage play, Madea On The Run, with two actors unions on his back.
According to Deadline, the show is currently touring the country, but SAG-AFTRA and Actors' Equity have ordered actors to not work on the show or run the risk of facing disciplinary action. The report states:
"Equity, which has jurisdiction over stage actors, put the show on its 'Do Not Work' list because the producers haven't signed its contracts. SAG-AFTRA doesn't represent stage actors but is telling its members not to work on the show because its reciprocal agreement with Equity – known as Rule 9 – prohibits the union’s members from working on productions that appear on Equity’s 'Do Not Work' list.
According to SAG-AFTRA, failing to heed its Rule 9 order shall be deemed 'conduct unbecoming a member' if a member accepts employment with an employer in Equity’s jurisdiction if the employer 'has refused to bargain in good faith' for an Equity contract."
This isn't the first time Perry has had an issue with an industry union. In 2008, the Writers Guild of America, West filed an "unfair labor practice complaint" against Perry's studio after four writers on "House of Payne" were fired. They claim is was due to the writers seeking union representation, but Perry said it had to do with their quality of work.
Perry has yet to speak out on this most recent issue.
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