In another of their cute little tricks to deceive the membership the current leadership has released the following press release. It purports to support democratic principles, but its intent is just the opposite as you will see.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAG, AFTRA PRESIDENTS ENDORSE INCLUSION
OF OPPOSITION VIEWS IN REFERENDUM MATERIALS
ON TV/THEATRICAL DEAL
Los Angeles (January 27, 2005) – In a statement issued today, Melissa Gilbert, president of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and John P. Connolly, president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), announced they will recommend to the SAG/AFTRA Joint National Board that both a pro and con statement be included in the member referendum, assuming the recently negotiated TV/Theatrical Agreement is approved by the joint board this Saturday.
Connolly and Gilbert stated: “We believe this deal stands on its merits, and we also believe that the membership deserves and has a right to expect an honest, open assessment from its unions. By inviting those who disagree with the decision of our negotiating committee to state their views in the official document, we are taking a stand against divisive political infighting in support of full disclosure and democratic debate. The inclusion of pro and con statements is not required, but is a reflection of our confidence in the ability of our members to analyze the facts, assess the environment in which they work, and make the decision that is right for them and for their unions.”
Although the individual national board rules for both SAG and AFTRA provide for a “minority report” in the event 25 percent of that board votes against a proposed contract, there is no similar rule that applies in a SAG/AFTRA Joint National Board meeting. Therefore, the Presidents’ recommendation for the inclusion of a “con” statement from the minority in the referendum materials will need the approval of a simple majority of the joint board.
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents nearly 120,000 working actors in film, television, industrials, commercials and music videos. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at www.sag.org http://www.sag.org/>
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists — affiliated with the AFL-CIO — is a diverse national union representing nearly 80,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists in 32 Locals throughout the country. AFTRA members work as actors, broadcast journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians and disc jockeys in all aspects of the media industries including television and radio, sound recordings, commercials, industrial non-broadcast, interactive games and the Internet. More information on AFTRA is available at www.aftra.com .
Now here’s the question. If those who issued this press release really “believe that the membership deserves and has a right to expect an honest, open assessment from its unions.” Then why don’t they follow the precedent set by the 1998 Joint Board Policy! The very SAME POLICY that they used in the LAST REFERENDUM to squelch the SAG Board Policy which would have guaranteed a minority report? (At that time the opposition had the 25% necessary to trigger a Minority Report on the SAG Board, but when both boards were combined their numbers where not enough to reach the twenty five percent threshold. So, they were told that the Joint Board Policy ruled! ) Care to guess why Melissa and Connelly are now saying there is NO Joint Board Policy?
THE ANSWER: That Joint Board Policy only sets a TWENTY FIVE PERECENT threshold for a MINORITY REPORT and it appears that the opposition has that TWENTY FIVE PERCENT— so these lovers of democracy are changing it too OVER FIFTY PERCENT in order to insureTHAT BOTH SIDES WILL NOT BE HEARD!
They LIED about the minimums being 3/3/3 when they are actually ONLY 2.25/3/3! And now they are attempting to squelch your right to hear both sides before voting!
YOU CAN’T TRUST THESE PEOPLE
In the above Press Release they state
Although the individual national board rules for both SAG and AFTRA provide for a “minority report” in the event 25 percent of that board votes against a proposed contract, there is no similar rule that applies in a SAG/AFTRA Joint National Board meeting.
Read the following, and you decide–are they LYING?
SAG Board Motions Summary
Record #27244 Date: 05/27/1998 Meeting: Joint Board Page#S1
TO APPROVE THE CENTRAL/EASTERN SECTION MOTION OF APRIL 27, 1998, THAT FOR THE 1998 THEATRICAL CONTRACTS, IF 25% OF MORE OF THOSE VOTING VOTE “NO” ON A MOTION TO RECOMMEND RATIFICATION OF THE CONTRACT TO THE MEMBERS, A MINORITY REPORT MAY ACCOMPANY THE REFERENDUM, IF SUCH REPORT IS PREPARED AND PRESENTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING:
THERE SHALL BE A SINGLE MINORITY REPORT, PREPARED BY THOSE HAVING VOTED “NO”
ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMEND RATIFICATION, OR A SUBCOMMITTEE OF SUCH MEMBERS CHOSEN BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF SUCH MEMBERS. THE MINORITY REPORT SHALL NOT EXCEED 1,000 WORDS IN LENGTH.
IF A MINORITY REPORT IS SUBMITTED, THE UNIONS SHALL PREPARE A MAJORITY
REPORT WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED 1,000 WORDS IN LENGTH, EXCLUDING THE FACTUAL PRESENTATION OF THE TERMS OF THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT, VOTER INSTRUCTIONS,
BOTH STATEMENTS MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF
EITHER UNION, NO LATER THAN TEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROPOSED DATE FOR THE
SUBMISSION OF THE REFERENDUM TO THE PRINTER. UPON RECEIPT, THE MAJORITY ANDMINORITY REPORTS WILL THEN BE EXCHANGED AND REVIEWED, AND REBUTTALS MAY THENBE SUBMITTED BY EACH SIDE.
REBUTTALS SHALL NOT EXCEED 500 WORDS IN LENGTH AND MUST BE PRESENTED TO THENATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF EITHER UNION NOT LESS THAN FIVE DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROPOSED DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF THE REFERENDUM TO THE PRINTER.
APPROVED BY THE WESTERN SECTION:
70 – 0 – 0
DEFEATED BY THE CENTRAL/EASTERN SECTION: 27 – 37 – 0
TOTAL VOTE: 97 – 37 – 0 (APPROVED)
These people will stop at nothing to deceive the membership in order to achieve their “go-along-to-get-along agenda!” This will be reported by “the go-along to get-along” media which WILL NEVER REPORT THAT THE LEADERSHIP HAS JUST MADE IT TWICE HAS HARD FOR THOSE WHO ARE TRULY FIGHTING FOR YOUR INTERESTS TO GET TO THE MEMBERSHIP ALL THE INFORMATION SO THEY CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION–and meanwhile that same membership will be under the false impression that Melissa and Connelly favor a minority report
WHEN JUST THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE!!
A.L. Miller Editor & Chief
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