Below the article on President Rosenberg’s decision to run again for SAG president is one concerning the dues increase proposal.
Rosenberg bent on SAG second act
By Carl DiOrio
Jan 6, 2007
SAG president Alan Rosenberg, who was mulling whether to stand for re-election, confirmed Thursday that he has decided to seek another two-year term.
“I’m proud of a lot of the work I’ve done this year, and I would love to be able to follow through on it with one more term,” Rosenberg said. “I’m excited about (national executive director) Doug Allen’s coming aboard starting Monday, and I would love to join him at the negotiating table in the 2008 contract negotiations, working on behalf of our members.”
Leading the nearly 120,000-member guild since September 2005, Rosenberg previously had said that he wanted to discuss his future plans with his wife, actress Marg Helgenberger, and other family members. His unpaid post imposes great time demands, but his family has given him full backing to seek another term, he said.
“This is the fun stuff,” Rosenberg said after a day marked by a predawn rise to announce nominations for the SAG Awards with actors Sandra Oh and Elijah Wood.
But if some of the guild president’s first term was less fun — he blasted the ouster of first national vp Anne-Marie Johnson in October, for instance — Rosenberg said he is looking forward to tackling the many remaining challenges.
Those include preparations for negotiations for the guild’s main film and TV contract, which expires in June 2008. Specifically, new-media residuals are expected to be a key negotiating area, and SAG execs already are huddling over issue strategy.
Allen was hired in October after a yearlong candidate search to fill the guild’s top staff position. He was assistant executive director of the NFL Players Assn.
It’s unclear whether another candidate might emerge to challenge Rosenberg in the next round of balloting for the guild’s top elected offices. SAG races tend to be marked by factional disputes, but Rosenberg has mounted a major effort at mending fences among disparate constituencies and has visited 18 of SAG’s far-flung regional branches during his first term
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD NATIONAL BOARD AUTHORIZES MEMBER VOTE ON DUES AND INITIATION FEE INCREASE
Additional Resources Will Strengthen Overall Financial Health, Fund Key Initiatives and Boost Bargaining Clout for 2008 Negotiations
Los Angeles (October 22, 2006) — The national board of Screen Actors Guild voted by a 98-percent margin today to seek member approval of a dues increase that would strengthen the union’s overall fiscal health, enhance member services like residuals check processing, bolster such initiatives as organizing and a new tech department, and finance research and contract campaigns heading into the critical TV/Theatrical and Commercials Contract negotiations of 2008.
If accepted, base dues for SAG membership would increase from $100 to $116 per year, while the Guild’s initiation fee would rise from $1,474 to $2,211. A dues increase would represent the first hike since 1999and only the second increase in 19 years.
SAG President Alan Rosenberg and Secretary-Treasurer Connie Stevens said in a joint statement: “Our biggest responsibility as caretakers of this great union is making sure it remains healthy and strong. This increase will put us in the best possible position heading into the TV/Theatrical and Commercials Contract negotiations of 2008 by financing research and building up reserves, thrusting the Guild into a prosperous new era. Added resources will also enable us to increase organizing efforts across the country, enhance member services, and build a new tech department that will let us thrive in this rapidly changing world.”
Actors earning less than $200,000 would still pay 1.85% of earnings, and members who make between $200,001-$500,000 would still pay .5% of earnings more than $200,000. The Guild would raise its earnings capincome subject to duesfrom $500,000 to $1 million. Actors earning between $500,001 to $1 million would now pay .25% of those earnings.
If approved by members, the increase would also enable the Guild to hire more staff, enhance its internal computer systems and Web site capabilities, and build reserves heading into 2008.
Ballots will go out to members on January 16, 2007, with a due date 30 days later. The new dues structure would go into effect starting with the May 2007 dues period, while initiation fees would increase upon ratification.
“This crucial dues increase would provide Screen Actors Guild the necessary resources to carry out important work on behalf of its members,” said interim National Executive Director Peter Frank. “This includes hiring needed staff to work in the growing areas of contracts, organizing and a new tech department, while streamlining member services like residuals processing. Beyond giving us overall fiscal health, these funds would allow us to properly prepare for the upcoming 2008 negotiations.”
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