My three-year term on Board of the Screen Actors Guild is ending, and I’m running again (for the eggs, of course). SAG members should receive their ballots today — I’m at #43.
I’m running on the slate of Membership First. Our primary goal: Merge all of SAG & AFTRA actors into one union.
Below is a bit more information on Membership First.
If you’re a SAG member, please vote. It’s your union. Exercise your voice.
• Hassle-free qualifying for just one Health & Pension
• Simplicity of a single dues payment.
• Unified membership focused on actors’ financial
Sound pretty good? We think so, too.
Join us in supporting a SAG-AFTRA merger of All Actors into One Union.
One purpose. One voice.
Q: What kind of SAG-AFTRA merger does Membership First support?
A: One which brings all actors — and only actors — into
Q: Who does Membership First mean by ‘actors’ in an all-actors union?
A: Principal and background actors, stunt performers &
pilots, dancers, singers, puppeteers.
Q: Why not also merge with AFTRA’s non-actors (broadcasters, journalists, DJ’s, etc.)? Isn’t more better?
A: Not in this case. They could vote on our contracts —
but they have no experience with actors’ concerns.
In fact, they have conflicting interests which could
make them vote against actors’ concerns. Also, they
don’t increase our leverage because legally, they can’t
walk out with us. Merging with them threatens the
very strength we need this merger to achieve.
Membership First’s Balanced Approach to Merger:
• Merge all of SAG & AFTRA actors into one union.
• Hire an outside merger consultant. Merging unions is
highly complex and costly. It requires innovation and
specialists. It’s too important to be created by Board
members/SAG staff alone.
• Include the members: Conduct town hall meetings,
caucuses and surveys.
• Preserve the financial security of SAG’s Pension & Health
Plans. The problems of combining SAG’s & AFTRA’s
plans have not been resolved. Membership First would
do so before merger.
• Protect every SAG member’s right to vote. All members
could vote on this merger.
MEMBERSHIP FIRST: A VOTE
FOR A MERGED,
Membership First Candidates
(as listed on your ballot):
For more info, please see www.membershipfirst.blogspot.com
*Not paid for with SAG funds*
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