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Congratulations to the performers, all members of Actors’ Equity, who won Tony Awards this past weekend. And a special salute to Gregory Jbara, who picked up a Tony Award for his role as “Dad” in the hit Broadway musical “Billy Elliot The Musical.”

Jbara is one of 47 top performers from Broadway and Hollywood who last month launched Artists for Workers Choice, an exciting new campaign for the Employee Free Choice Act. Jbara and his colleagues share their support for this crucial working families’ legislation in a new video.

Jbara strikes a chord of solidarity with working people in his role in the musical. He plays a British coal miner who walks out during the 1984-­1985 coal miners’ strike along with his eldest son. Although the musical centers on the youngest son, Billy, the subplot of the ongoing strike constantly reminds the audience of the daily struggles of working people to make ends meet.

In a strong statement of support for the Employee Free Choice Act, the performers made the video to make sure people understand this is an issue that affects everyone in America. In it, the performers say:

This is not a red state issue. Or a blue state issue. It’s a workers’ issue. Please join me, and working people everywhere, in supporting a real change in labor law because it’s time the economy worked for everyone.