Former 'Brady Bunch' Star Fights Union

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Fighting back against his old union, former "Brady Bunch" star Barry Williams filed charges of unfair labor practices Monday with the National Labor Relations Board against Actors' Equity Assn.

The dispute relates to Williams' appearance in a non-Equity touring production of "The Sound of Music," which was produced on the road by Troika Entertainment.

Equity fined Williams $52,000 last January for accepting the role of Captain Von Trapp in the revived tuner and worked hard to bring media attention to the actor's "scab" appearance in the non-union show, which was picketed in several markets.

Williams filed the charges with the assistance of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRWLDF), a group that provides free legal aid to people claiming to be the victim of compulsory unionism abuses.

In the complaint, Williams and his representatives argue that the fine was illegal because he had already resigned from the union the previous September. When it fined Williams, Equity argued at the time that he had still been a member of the union when he began working on the deal with Troika.
 
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